tit·​u·​lar | \ ˈti-chə-lər How to pronounce titular (audio) , ˈtich-lər \

Definition of titular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having the title and usually the honors belonging to an office or dignity without the duties, functions, or responsibilities the titular head of a political party
b : existing in title only especially : bearing a title derived from a defunct ecclesiastical jurisdiction (such as an episcopal see) a titular bishop
2 : of, relating to, or constituting a title the titular hero of the play
3 : bearing a title : titled



Definition of titular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person holding a title

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Other Words from titular


titularly adverb

Synonyms for titular

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of titular in a Sentence

Adjective Although retired, he remains the titular chairman of the company. he's the titular head of the department, though it's the assistant managers who largely run things around here
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And while that film's titular megalomaniac was technically Chinese-German and not Russian, there's a timeliness to his nefarious scheme to foil an Ameri- can space launch with a terrifying high-tech radio-beam weapon. Chris Nashawaty, EW.com, 15 Sep. 2021 Pugh recently made her Marvel debut in the film Black Widow as the titular character. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2021 The titular short story centers on a young woman (descended from Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings), who is driven from her neighborhood by a White militia. Seth Combs Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Sep. 2021 His Marcel is a celebrity veteran writer whose titular breakthrough novel was discovered by editor Jeanne (Melanie Doutey). Dennis Harvey, Variety, 11 Sep. 2021 The basic plot: The titular assassin was fatally poisoned during her final job. Andy Meek, BGR, 11 Sep. 2021 Wilson even dressed up as the titular character for the event. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 10 Sep. 2021 While the character designs in Project Eve are overly pretty, this is not a new thing considering the likes of Nier Automata’s 2B and the titular Bayonetta herself. Ollie Barder, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 The show presents its titular team of rogue troopers, who are thrown into the thick of fighting a totalitarian coup d’état with moral dilemma after moral dilemma, and forced to live with their reactions to it. Eric Vilas-boas And John Maher, Vulture, 9 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of titular


1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1540, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for titular


Latin titulus title

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The first known use of titular was in 1540

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17 Sep 2021

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“Titular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titular. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of titular

: having an important or impressive title but not having the power or duties that usually go with it
: having the name of the character that occurs in the title of a movie, play, etc.


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