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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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
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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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29 Sep 2022

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“Titular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titular. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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