title

A title is typically the official part of your name, placed at the beginning to signify a certain status or function. So, do you prefer "Mr.," "Mrs.," "Dr." or "Ms"? Or perhaps you just go by "Grand Pooh-bah"?

There seem to be as many ways to use the word title as there are titles on a library shelf — because a title is also what you call a book or song or work of art. Titles are even given to statutes and acts of legislature. When you buy a car, you get a title, which is a piece of paper certifying your ownership. And when your favorite team wins the championship? You often say they won the title — and the right to brag.

Primary Meanings of title

1.
nv
the name of a work of art or literary composition etc.
give a title to
2.
n
an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. `Mr.' or `General'
3.
n
an established or recognized right
4.
n
(usually plural) written material introduced into a movie or TV show to give credits or represent dialogue or explain an action
Full Definitions of title
1

n 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
Types:
masthead
the title of a newspaper or magazine; usually printed on the front page and on the editorial page
rubric
a title or heading that is printed in red or in a special type
Type of:
name
a language unit by which a person or thing is known

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

“the novel had chapter titles
Types:
credit
an entry on a list of persons who contributed to a film or written work
caption, legend
brief description accompanying an illustration
subtitle
secondary or explanatory title
Type of:
subhead, subheading
a heading of a subdivision of a text

n 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”
Synonyms:
rubric, statute title
Type of:
head, header, heading
a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about

v give a title to

Synonyms:
entitle
Types:
proclaim
declare formally; declare someone to be something; of titles
Type of:
call, name
assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to

v designate by an identifying term

Synonyms:
style
Type of:
call, name
assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
2

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

“the professor didn't like his friends to use his formal title
Synonyms:
form of address, title of respect
Types:
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Aga, Agha
title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey)
Defender of the Faith
a title that Leo X bestowed on Henry VIII and later withdrew; parliament restored the title and it has been used by English sovereigns ever since
Don
a Spanish courtesy title or form of address for men that is prefixed to the forename
Dona
a Spanish courtesy title or form of address for a woman
Frau
a German courtesy title or form of address for an adult woman
Fraulein
a German courtesy title or form of address for an unmarried woman
Hakham
a Hebrew title of respect for a wise and highly educated man
Herr
a German courtesy title or form of address for a man
Miss
a form of address for an unmarried woman
Mister, Mr, Mr.
a form of address for a man
Mrs, Mrs.
a form of address for a married woman
Ms, Ms.
a form of address for a woman
Rabbi
a Hebrew title of respect for a Jewish scholar or teacher
Reverend
a title of respect for a clergyman
Senor
a Spanish title or form of address for a man; similar to the English `Mr' or `sir'
Senora
a Spanish title or form of address for a married woman; similar to the English `Mrs' or `madam'
Senorita
a Spanish title or form of address used to or of an unmarried girl or woman; similar to the English `Miss'
Signora
an Italian title or form of address for a married woman
Signorina
an Italian title or form of address for an unmarried woman
Very Reverend
a title of respect for various ecclesiastical officials (as cathedral deans and canons and others)
Father, Padre
`Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church); `Padre' is frequently used in the military
Type of:
appellation, appellative, denomination, designation
identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others

n an appellation signifying nobility

“`your majesty' is the appropriate title to use in addressing a king”
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Lordship
a title used to address any British peer except a duke and extended to a bishop or a judge
Ladyship
a title used to address any peeress except a duchess
baronetcy
the title of a baron
viscountcy
the title of a viscount
Type of:
appellation, appellative, denomination, designation
identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others
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n an established or recognized right

“he had no documents confirming his title to his father's estate”
Synonyms:
claim
Types:
own right
by title vested in yourself or by virtue of qualifications that you have achieved
entitlement
right granted by law or contract (especially a right to benefits)
Type of:
legal right
a right based in law

n an informal right to something

“his title to fame”
Synonyms:
claim
Type of:
right
an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature

n 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”
Synonyms:
deed, deed of conveyance
Types:
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bill of sale
a deed transferring personal property
deed poll
a deed made and executed by only one party
enfeoffment
under the feudal system, the deed by which a person was given land in exchange for a pledge of service
mortgage deed
deed embodying a mortgage
title deed
a legal document proving a person's right to property
muniments
deeds and other documentary evidence of title to land
Type of:
instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document
(law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right

n the status of being a champion

“he held the title for two years”
Synonyms:
championship
Types:
triple crown
(baseball) an unofficial title won by a batter who leads the league in hitting average, runs batted in, and home runs
triple crown
(horse racing) a title won by a horse that can win the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes and the Preakness
Type of:
high status
a position of superior status
4

n (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”
Type of:
piece of writing, writing, written material
the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)

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