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From Middle English title, titel, from Old English titul (title, heading, superscription), from Latin titulus (title, inscription). Doublet of tilde, titer/titre, titlo, tittle, and titulus.


  • IPA(key): /ˈtaɪ.təl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪtəl
  • Hyphenation: ti‧tle


title (plural titles)

  1. An appellation given to a person or family to signify either veneration, official position, social rank, the possession of assets or properties, or a professional or academic qualification. See also Category:Titles
  2. (property law) Legal right to ownership of a property; a deed or other certificate proving this.
    a good title to an estate, or an imperfect title
  3. In canon law, that by which a beneficiary holds a benefice.
  4. A church to which a priest was ordained, and where he was to reside.
  5. The name of a book, film, musical piece, painting, or other work of art.
    I know the singer's name, but not the title of the song.
  6. A publication.
    The retailer carries thousands of titles.
    Buyers of the new video game console can choose from three bundled titles.
  7. A section or division of a subject, as of a law or a book.
  8. (chiefly in the plural) A written title, credit, or caption shown with a film, video, or performance.
    The titles scrolled by too quickly to read.
  9. (bookbinding) The panel for the name, between the bands of the back of a book.
  10. The subject of a writing; a short phrase that summarizes the entire topic.
  11. A division of an act of law
    Title II of the USA PATRIOT Act
  12. (sports) The recognition given to the winner of a championship in sports.
    • 2012 May 13, Phil McNulty, “Man City 3-2 QPR”, in BBC Sport:
      With some City fans already leaving the stadium in tears, Edin Dzeko equalised in the second of five minutes of stoppage time before Sergio Aguero scored the goal that won the title.
    • 1997, David Kenneth Wiggins, Glory Bound: Black Athletes in a White America:
      Equally disadvantageous to Jackson was the fact that other than the Jacksonville Athletic Club and the National Sporting Club, virtually no organization was willing to sponsor a title fight between a black fighter and a white one.
  13. (law, formal) A long title.
  14. (law, informal) A short title.


Derived termsEdit


  • Chinese: 抬頭 (táitóu)
  • Japanese: タイトル (taitoru)
  • Korean: 타이틀 (taiteul)
  • Welsh: teitl


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title (third-person singular simple present titles, present participle titling, simple past and past participle titled)

  1. (transitive) To assign a title to; to entitle.







  1. inflection of titeln:
    1. first-person singular present
    2. first/third-person singular subjunctive I
    3. singular imperative