- the distinguishing name of a book, poem, picture, piece of music, or the like.
- a descriptive heading or caption, as of a chapter, section, or other part of a book.
- title page.
- a descriptive or distinctive appellation, especially one belonging to a person by right of rank, office, attainment, etc.: the title of Lord Mayor.
- Sports. the championship: He won the title three years in a row.
- an established or recognized right to something.
- a ground or basis for a claim.
- anything that provides a ground or basis for a claim.
- legal right to the possession of property, especially real property.
- the ground or evidence of such right.
- the instrument constituting evidence of such right.
- a unity combining all of the requisites to complete legal ownership.
- a division of a statute, lawbook, etc., especially one larger than an article or section.
- (in pleading) the designation of one’s basis for judicial relief; the cause of action sued upon, as a contract or tort.
- a fixed sphere of work and source of income, required as a condition of ordination.
- any of certain Roman Catholic churches in Rome, the nominal incumbents of which are cardinals.
- Usually titles. Movies, Television.
- a subtitle in the viewer’s own language: an Italian movie with English titles.
- any written matter inserted into the film or program, especially the list of actors, technicians, writers, etc., contributing to it; credits.
- of or relating to a title: the title story in a collection.
- that decides a title: a title bout.
verb (used with object), ti·tled, ti·tling.
- to furnish with a title; designate by an appellation; entitle.
- the distinctive name of a work of art, musical or literary composition, etc
- a descriptive name, caption, or heading of a section of a book, speech, etc
- See title page
- a name or epithet signifying rank, office, or function
- a formal designation, such as Mr, Mrs, or Miss
- an appellation designating nobility
- short for subtitle (def. 2)
- written material giving credits in a film or television programme
- sport a championship
- property law
- the legal right to possession of property, esp real property
- the basis of such right
- the documentary evidence of such righttitle deeds
- the heading or a division of a statute, book of law, etc
- the heading of a suit or action at law
- any customary or established right
- a claim based on such a right
- a definite spiritual charge or office in the church, without appointment to which a candidate for holy orders cannot lawfully be ordained
- RC Church a titular church
- (tr) to give a title to
c.1300, “inscription, heading,” from Old French title (12c.), and in part from Old English titul, both from Latin titulus “inscription, heading,” of unknown origin. Meaning “name of a book, play, etc.” first recorded mid-14c. The sense of “name showing a person’s rank” is first attested 1580s.
“to furnish with a title,” late 14c., from title (n.). Related: Titled; titling.