Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a heading that names a statute or legislative bill; may give a brief summary of the matters it deals with
  2. (noun, communication) the name of a work of art or literary composition etc.
    he refused to give titles to his paintings
    I can never remember movie titles
  3. (noun, communication) a general or descriptive heading for a section of a written work
  4. (noun, state) the status of being a champion
  5. (noun, communication) a legal document signed and sealed and delivered to effect a transfer of property and to show the legal right to possess it
    he kept the title to his car in the glove compartment
  6. (noun, communication) an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. `Mr.' or `General'
  7. (noun, attribute) an established or recognized right
    he had no documents confirming his title to his father's estate
    he staked his claim
  8. (noun, communication) (usually plural) written material introduced into a movie or TV show to give credits or represent dialogue or explain an action
  9. (noun, communication) an appellation signifying nobility
  10. (noun, attribute) an informal right to something
    his title to fame
  11. (verb, communication) give a title to
  12. (verb, communication) designate by an identifying term

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Title

  1. c.1300, "inscription, heading," from O.Fr. title (12c.), and in part from O.E. titul, both from L. 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. The verb meaning "to furnish with a title" is attested from late 14c. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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