What does title mean?

Definitions for title
ˈtaɪt lti·tle

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word title.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. title, statute title, rubricnoun

    a heading that names a statute or legislative bill; may give a brief summary of the matters it deals with

    "Title 8 provided federal help for schools"

  2. titlenoun

    the name of a work of art or literary composition etc.

    "he looked for books with the word `jazz' in the title"; "he refused to give titles to his paintings"; "I can never remember movie titles"

  3. titlenoun

    a general or descriptive heading for a section of a written work

    "the novel had chapter titles"

  4. championship, titlenoun

    the status of being a champion

    "he held the title for two years"

  5. deed, deed of conveyance, titlenoun

    a legal document signed and sealed and delivered to effect a transfer of property and to show the legal right to possess it

    "he signed the deed"; "he kept the title to his car in the glove compartment"

  6. title, title of respect, form of addressnoun

    an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. `Mr.' or `General'

    "the professor didn't like his friends to use his formal title"

  7. title, claimnoun

    an established or recognized right

    "a strong legal claim to the property"; "he had no documents confirming his title to his father's estate"; "he staked his claim"

  8. titlenoun

    (usually plural) written material introduced into a movie or TV show to give credits or represent dialogue or explain an action

    "the titles go by faster than I can read"

  9. titlenoun

    an appellation signifying nobility

    "`your majesty' is the appropriate title to use in addressing a king"

  10. claim, titleverb

    an informal right to something

    "his claim on her attentions"; "his title to fame"

  11. entitle, titleverb

    give a title to

  12. style, titleverb

    designate by an identifying term

    "They styled their nation `The Confederate States'"


  1. titlenoun

    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

  2. titlenoun

    Legal right to ownership of a property; a deed or other certificate proving this.

  3. titlenoun

    The name of a book, film, musical piece, painting, or other work of art.

  4. titlenoun

    A publication.

  5. titlenoun

    A written title, credit, or caption shown with a film, video, or performance (usually titles pl).

    The titles scrolled by too quickly to read.

  6. titlenoun

    The subject of a writing; a short phrase that summarizes the entire topic.

  7. titlenoun

    A division of an act of Congress or Parliament.

    Title II of the USA PATRIOT Act

  8. titleverb

    To assign a title to; to entitle.

  9. Etymology: From titulus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Titlenoun

    Etymology: titelle, old Fr. titulus, Lat.

    Three draw the experiments of the former four into titles and tables for the better drawing of observations; these we call compilers. Francis Bacon.

    Among the many preferences that the laws of England have above others, I shall single out two particular titles, which give a handsome specimen of their excellencies above other laws in other parts or titles of the same. Matthew Hale.

    To leave his wife, to leave his babes,
    His mansion, and his titles, in a place
    From whence himself does fly? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Man over men
    He made not lord: such title to himself
    Reserving. John Milton.

    My name’s Macbeth.
    —— The devil himself could not pronounce a title
    More hateful to mine ear. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Ill worthy I such title should belong
    To me transgressor. John Milton.

    This man’s brow, like to a title leaf,
    Foretels the nature of a tragick volume. William Shakespeare.

    Our adversaries encourage a writer who cannot furnish out so much as a title page with propriety. Jonathan Swift.

    Let the title of a man’s right be called in question; are we not bold to rely and build upon the judgment of such as are famous for their skill in the laws? Richard Hooker.

    Is a man impoverished by purchase? it is because he paid his money for a lye, and took a bad title for a good. South.

    ’Tis our duty
    Such monuments, as we can build, to raise;
    Lest all the world prevent what we should do,
    And claim a title in him by their praise. Dryden.

    To revenge their common injuries, though you had an undoubted title by your birth, you had a greater by your courage. Dryden.

    Conti would have kept his title to Orange. Addison.

    O the discretion of a girl! she will be a slave to any thing that has not a title to make her one. Thomas Southerne.

  2. To Titleverb

    To entitle; to name; to call.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    To these, that sober race of men, whose lives
    Religious, titled them the sons of God,
    Shall yield up all their virtue, all their fame,
    Ignobly! John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xi.


  1. Title

    A title is one or more words used before or after a person's name, in certain contexts. It may signify either generation, an official position, or a professional or academic qualification. In some languages, titles may be inserted between the first and last name (for example, Graf in German, Cardinal in Catholic usage (Richard Cardinal Cushing) or clerical titles such as Archbishop). Some titles are hereditary.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Titlenoun

    an inscription put over or upon anything as a name by which it is known

  2. Titlenoun

    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

  3. Titlenoun

    the panel for the name, between the bands of the back of a book

  4. Titlenoun

    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

  5. Titlenoun

    an appellation of dignity, distinction, or preeminence (hereditary or acquired), given to persons, as duke marquis, honorable, esquire, etc

  6. Titlenoun

    a name; an appellation; a designation

  7. Titlenoun

    that which constitutes a just cause of exclusive possession; that which is the foundation of ownership of property, real or personal; a right; as, a good title to an estate, or an imperfect title

  8. Titlenoun

    the instrument which is evidence of a right

  9. Titlenoun

    that by which a beneficiary holds a benefice

  10. Titlenoun

    a church to which a priest was ordained, and where he was to reside

  11. Titlenoun

    to call by a title; to name; to entitle


  1. Title

    A title is a prefix or suffix added to someone's name in certain contexts. They may signify either veneration, an official position or a professional or academic qualification. In some languages, titles may be inserted before a last name. Some titles are hereditary.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Title

    tī′tl, n. an inscription set over or at the beginning of a thing by which it is known, a title-page: a name of distinction: that which gives a just right to possession: ownership: the writing that proves a right: (B.) a sign: a fixed sphere of work required as a condition for ordination, a parish in Rome—of these fifty give titles to cardinal-priests: in bookbinding, the panel on the back on which the name of the book is printed.—adj. Tī′tled, having a title.—ns. Tī′tle-deed, a deed or document that proves a title or just right to exclusive possession; Tī′tle-leaf, the leaf on which is the title of a book.—adj. Tī′tleless (Shak.), wanting a title or name.—ns. Tī′tle-page, the page of a book containing its title and usually the author's name; Tī′tle-rôle, the part in a play which gives its name to it, as 'Macbeth;' Tī′tle-sheet, the first sheet of a book as printed, containing title, bastard-title, &c.; Tī′tling, the act of impressing the title on the back of a book; Tī′tlonym, a title taken as a pseudonym; Bas′tard-tī′tle (see Bastard). [O. Fr. title (Fr. titre)—L. titulus.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. title

    1. A Pantheon of royal ciphers. 2. Anything superimposed on a superfluity.

Editors Contribution

  1. title

    The name of a document.

    The document title is important and that is describes accurately what the document is for.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 19, 2020  

  2. title

    A type of legislative right.

    The title is described accurately in legislation.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 19, 2020  

  3. title

    A word to describe a role within a form of employment or self-employment.

    The job title of a person is important and that is describes what the person is employed to do.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 19, 2020  

  4. TITLE

    Give a name to (a book, composition, or other work).

    Submitted by rinat on February 25, 2021  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'title' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1000

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'title' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3073

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'title' in Nouns Frequency: #374

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of title in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of title in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of title in a Sentence

  1. Jennifer Gill:

    By meeting Tracey and hearing about her lived experience, we know that honoring her with this title means so much more, we have seen that high school experiences can have a profound, lifelong impact. It was an honor to have Tracey here and a privilege to learn from such an accomplished alumna.

  2. Bob Bryan:

    This year we left it wide open. Tecau and Rojer got us. Deservedly so, they played well in the slams, won the Wimbledon title, usually what we say is to be number one you've got to win a slam. Credit to them, they did.

  3. Audrey Sandusky:

    What I'm committed to in Appropriations, because we have jurisdiction over Title X funding, is to work with The Biden administration and the providers, those who were forced out of the program, to make sure that the funding is there for them to get back in, or work in that legislative direction, and to ensure there are safeguards to make sure that we can't have what the Former President Donald Trump administration tried to do here.

  4.

    I've come here to win a world title, and that's tomorrow, and that's still my main focus.

  5. Tori Spelling:

    No, not at all, just because outside of ‘ 90210 ’ this is the project in my career that I get asked about the most, i ’m sure it’s almost entirely based on the [ movie’s ] title … but people ask, ‘ When are you going to get back together with the gang and remake ‘ Mother, May I Sleep With Danger ? ’ It’s my favorite cult classic. ’.

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