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

adj existing in name only

being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress)

adj of or bearing a title signifying status or function

“of titular rank”

adj of or associated with or bearing a title signifying nobility

titular dignitaries”

adj of or relating to a legal title to something


adj 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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