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

  • n. An identifying name given to a book, play, film, musical composition, or other work.
  • n. A general or descriptive heading, as of a book chapter.
  • n. Written material to be read by viewers that is included in a film or television show, typically presenting credits, narration, or dialogue. Often used in the plural.
  • n. A written piece of translated dialogue superimposed at the bottom of the frame during a film; a subtitle.
  • n. Law A heading that names a document, statute, or proceeding.
  • n. A division of a law book, declaration, or bill, generally larger than a section or article.
  • n. A written work that is published or about to be published: the titles in a press's fall catalog.
  • n. Law The coincidence of all the elements that constitute the fullest legal right to control and dispose of property or a claim.
  • n. Law The aggregate evidence that gives rise to a legal right of possession or control.
  • n. Law The instrument, such as a deed, that constitutes this evidence.
  • n. Something that provides a basis for or justifies a claim.
  • n. A legitimate or alleged right. See Synonyms at claim.
  • n. A formal appellation attached to the name of a person or family by virtue of office, rank, hereditary privilege, noble birth, or attainment or used as a mark of respect.
  • n. A descriptive name; an epithet.
  • n. Sports A championship.
  • n. Ecclesiastical A source of income or area of work required of a candidate for ordination in the Church of England.
  • n. Ecclesiastical A Roman Catholic church in or near Rome having a cardinal for its nominal head.
  • transitive v. To give a title to; entitle.
  • transitive v. To call by a name; style.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A prefix (honorific) or suffix (post-nominal) added to a person's name to signify either veneration, official position or a professional or academic qualification. See also Category:Titles
  • n. Legal right to ownership of a property; a deed or other certificate proving this.
  • n. The name of a book, film, musical piece, painting, or other work of art.
  • n. A publication.
  • n. A written title, credit, or caption shown with a film, video, or performance (usually titles pl).
  • n. The subject of a writing; a short phrase that summarizes the entire topic.
  • n. A division of an act of Congress or Parliament.
  • v. To assign a title to; to entitle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. An inscription put over or upon anything as a name by which it is known.
  • n. The inscription in the beginning of a book, usually containing the subject of the work, the author's and publisher's names, the date, etc.
  • n. The panel for the name, between the bands of the back of a book.
  • n. A section or division of a subject, as of a law, a book, specif. (Roman & Canon Laws), a chapter or division of a law book.
  • n. An appellation of dignity, distinction, or preëminence (hereditary or acquired), given to persons, as duke marquis, honorable, esquire, etc.
  • n. A name; an appellation; a designation.
  • n.
  • n. That which constitutes a just cause of exclusive possession; that which is the foundation of ownership of property, real or personal; a right.
  • n. The instrument which is evidence of a right.
  • n. That by which a beneficiary holds a benefice.
  • n. A church to which a priest was ordained, and where he was to reside.
  • transitive v. To call by a title; to name; to entitle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To call by a title, or by the title of; entitle; name.
  • To give a right to be entitled; bestow or confer the title or designation of.
  • n. An inscription placed on or over something to distinguish or specialize it; an affixed individualizing term or phrase.
  • n. A prefixed designating word, phrase, or combination of phrases; an initial written or printed designation; the distinguishing name attached to a written production of any kind: as, the title of a book, a chapter or section of a book, etc.; the title of a poem.
  • n. Same as title-page, in some technical or occasional uses.
  • n. In bookbinding, the panel on the back of which the name of the book is imprinted.
  • n. A descriptive caption or heading to a document; the formula by which a legal instrument of any kind is headed: as, the title of an act of Congress or of Parliament; the title of a deed, a writ, or an affidavit.
  • n. In some statutes, law-books, and the like, a division or subdivision of the subject, usually a larger division than article or section.
  • n. A characterizing term of address; a descriptive name or epithet.
  • n. Specifically, a distinguishing appellation belonging to a person by right of rank or endowment, or assigned to him as a mark of respect or courtesy. ; ; ; ; ;
  • n. Titular or aristocratic rank; titled nobility or dignity.
  • n. A grade or degree of fineness; especially, the number of carats by which the fineness of gold is expressed.
  • n. A claim; a right; a designated ground of claim; a conferred or acquired warrant; an attributed privilege or franchise.
  • n. An inherent or established right; a fixed franchise; a just or recognized claim.
  • n. In law: Ownership: as, the title was not in the husband, but in his wife; her title was subject to encumbrance.
  • n. The channel through which an owner has acquired his right; the collection of facts from which, by the operation of law, his right arises: as, an abstract of title sets forth the chain of instruments, etc., by which the owner became owner.
  • n. Absolute ownership; the unencumbered fee. In a contract to convey title or to warrant the title, the word is usually understood in this sense, in which it includes the right of property, the right of possession, and actual possession.
  • n. The instrument which is evidence of a right; a title-deed.
  • n. Hence, a source or evidence of any right or privilege; that which establishes a claim or an attribution: as, Gray's “Elegy” is his chief title to fame; his discharge is his title of exemption.
  • n. Eccles.: Originally, a district in the city of Rome with taxable revenue; hence, a district in that city attached to a parish church; a Roman parish church, as distinguished from a basilica or an oratory. The clergy belonging to these churches received the epithet “cardinal,” whence the title cardinal.
  • n. A fixed sphere of work and source of income, required as a condition of ordination.
  • n. Same as tittle.
  • n. Synonyms Designation, etc. See name.

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

  • n. the status of being a champion
  • v. give a title to
  • n. an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. `Mr.' or `General'
  • n. a heading that names a statute or legislative bill; may give a brief summary of the matters it deals with
  • n. a legal document signed and sealed and delivered to effect a transfer of property and to show the legal right to possess it
  • n. (usually plural) written material introduced into a movie or TV show to give credits or represent dialogue or explain an action
  • n. an informal right to something
  • v. designate by an identifying term
  • n. an appellation signifying nobility
  • n. a general or descriptive heading for a section of a written work
  • n. an established or recognized right
  • n. the name of a work of art or literary composition etc.


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

Middle English, from Old English titul, superscription, and from Old French title, title, both from Latin titulus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin titulus ("title, inscription").


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