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.

Definitions of title
  1. noun
    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
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    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
  2. noun
    a general or descriptive heading for a section of a written work
    “the novel had chapter titles
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    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
  3. noun
    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
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    type of:
    head, header, heading
    a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about
  4. verb
    give a title to
    synonyms: entitle
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    proclaim
    declare formally; declare someone to be something; of titles
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    call, name
    assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
  5. verb
    designate by an identifying term
    synonyms: style
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    call, name
    assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
  6. noun
    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
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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
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    appellation, appellative, denomination, designation
    identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others
  7. noun
    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
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    appellation, appellative, denomination, designation
    identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others
  8. noun
    an established or recognized right
    “he had no documents confirming his title to his father's estate”
    synonyms: claim
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    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)
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    legal right
    a right based in law
  9. noun
    an informal right to something
    “his title to fame”
    synonyms: claim
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    right
    an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature
  10. noun
    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
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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
  11. noun
    the status of being a champion
    “he held the title for two years”
    synonyms: championship
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    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
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    high status
    a position of superior status
  12. noun
    (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”
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    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)
Commonly confused words

entitle / title

To entitle means to give someone a rank or right, like if your perfect attendance entitles you to free ice cream at lunch. A title is the name of something, like the title of a song you wrote about ice cream.

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