titular

You might say you’re the boss man in your household, but if everybody else in the family ignores you, 'boss man' is probably a titular position for you. In other words, it’s just a title. There’s no power behind it.

We get titular from the Latin word titulus, meaning "title." Nowadays, it means that you hold an official title but don’t have any power or responsibility along with it. The Queen of England is a titular head of state. She doesn’t actually govern. A titular director doesn’t direct. Titular can also mean referencing the title. If you're playing the role of Dave in the play All About Dave, you're playing the titular role.

Definitions of titular
  1. adjective
    existing in name only
    synonyms: nominal
    formal
    being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress)
  2. adjective
    of or bearing a title signifying status or function
    “of titular rank”
  3. adjective
    of or associated with or bearing a title signifying nobility
    titular dignitaries”
  4. adjective
    of or relating to a legal title to something
    synonyms: titulary
  5. adjective
    of or pertaining to the title of a work of art
    “performed well in the titular (or title) role”
    “the titular theme of the book”
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