from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To give a name or title to.
  • transitive v. To furnish with a right or claim to something: The coupon entitles the bearer to a 25 percent savings. Every citizen is entitled to equal protection under the law.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. give a title to
  • v. dignify by an honorary designation.
  • v. give authority (to do something)
  • v. give rightful ownership
  • v. give a title to a book, film, play, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To give a title to; to affix to as a name or appellation; hence, also, to dignify by an honorary designation; to denominate; to call
  • transitive v. To give a claim to; to qualify for, with a direct object of the person, and a remote object of the thing; to furnish with grounds for seeking or claiming with success.
  • transitive v. To attribute; to ascribe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give a name or title to; affix a name or appellation to; designate; denominate; name; call; dignify by a title or honorary appellation; style: as, the book is entitled “Commentaries on the Laws of England”; an ambassador is entitled “Your Excellency.”
  • To give a title, right, or claim to; give a right to demand or receive; furnish with grounds for laying claim: as, his services entitle him to our respect.
  • To appropriate as by title; attribute or attach as by right.
  • To attribute; ascribe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give a title to
  • v. give the right to
  • v. give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility


Middle English entitlen, from Old French entiteler, from Medieval Latin intitulāre : Latin in-, provide with; see en-1 + Latin titulus, title.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French entituler, French intituler, Late Latin intitulare. (Wiktionary)


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  • People of the world: Using this as a verb is not the same as using title. Thanks!

    December 24, 2006