- The definition of a title is the name of a person's job, the name of a creative work or a word used before someone's name to indicate his or her status.
- "Vice President of Marketing" is an example of a title.
- The Wizard of Oz is an example of a movie title.
- "Mr." and "Mrs." and "Dr." are all examples of titles.
- the name of a book, chapter, poem, essay, picture, statue, piece of music, play, film, etc.
- title page
- a literary work of a particular title: 150 new titles in the publisher's fall catalog
- a descriptive name or appellation; epithet
- an appellation given to a person or family as a sign of privilege, distinction, rank, or profession
- a claim or right
- in sports and other competition, a championship
- Ch. of England a source of income or field of work required of a candidate for ordination
- Film, TV words shown on the screen that give credit to someone for work done, translate a segment of foreign dialogue, etc.: usually used in pl.
- the name of a statute or act; also, the heading designating a legal proceeding
- a division of a law book, statute, etc., usually larger than a section or article
- a right to ownership, esp. of real estate
- evidence of such right of ownership
- a document stating such a right; deed
Origin of titleOld French ; from Classical Latin titulus, inscription, label, title, sign
- a. An identifying name given to a book, play, film, musical composition, or other work.b. A general or descriptive heading, as of a book chapter.
- a. A written work that is published or about to be published: the titles in the publisher's fall catalog.b. A division of a legal code, generally consisting of multiple related statutes.
- a. often titles Written material to be read by viewers that is included in a film or television show, typically presenting credits, narration, or dialogue.b. A written piece of translated dialogue superimposed at the bottom of the frame during a film; a subtitle.
- a. A formal appellation attached to the name of a person as a sign of office, rank, profession, or hereditary privilege.b. A descriptive name; an epithet: the dubious title of the worst bowler in the league.
- A right or claim, or the basis of a right or claim: “The weight of a fish is commonly its only title to fame” (Henry David Thoreau).
- Law a. A form of ownership free of valid claims by other parties.b. The aggregate evidence that gives rise to a legal right of possession or control.c. The instrument, such as a deed, that constitutes this evidence.
- Sports & Games A championship: Which boxer won the heavyweight title?
- Ecclesiastical a. A source of income or area of work required of a candidate for ordination in the Church of England.b. A Roman Catholic church in or near Rome having a cardinal for its nominal head.
transitive verbti·tled, ti·tling, ti·tles
To give a name or title to.
Origin of titleMiddle English, from Old English titul, superscription, and from Old French title, title, both from Latin titulus.
- A prefix (honorific) or suffix (post-nominal) added to a person's name to signify either veneration, official position or a professional or academic qualification. See also Category:Titles
- (law) Legal right to ownership of a property; a deed or other certificate proving this.
- a good title to an estate, or an imperfect title
- In canon law, that by which a beneficiary holds a benefice.
- A church to which a priest was ordained, and where he was to reside.
- The name of a book, film, musical piece, painting, or other work of art.
- I know the singer's name, but not the title of the song.
- A publication.
- The retailer carries thousands of titles.
- Buyers of the new video game console can choose from three bundled titles.
- A section or division of a subject, as of a law or a book.
- (chiefly in the plural) A written title, credit, or caption shown with a film, video, or performance.
- The titles scrolled by too quickly to read.
- (bookbinding) The panel for the name, between the bands of the back of a book.
- The subject of a writing; a short phrase that summarizes the entire topic.
- A division of an act of Congress or Parliament.
- Title II of the USA PATRIOT Act
- (sports) The recognition given to the winner of a championship in sports.
(third-person singular simple present titles, present participle titling, simple past and past participle titled)
From Latin titulus (“title, inscription").
title - Legal Definition
- Ownership; the legal right to possess and to dispose of property. See also ownership, possession, tenancy.
- Legal evidence of a person’s right of ownership of property; a deed or similar instrument that evidences ownership.
A title that has been acquired as a result of adverse possession.bad title
A title that cannot legally convey the applicable property to a new owner, usually because of one or more conflicting claims to that property. An unmarketable title is not necessarily a bad title, but a bad title is always an unmarketable one.clear title
- A title that is free from any burdens, such as encumbrances or other limitations.
- A marketable title. See marketable title.
See bad title.equitable title
A title indicating that its holder has a favorable interest in the property and entitles its holder to acquire formal title to it.good title
A title that would be acceptable to a reasonable buyer, in that it appears to cover all the property that the seller is offering and it lacks any defect or limitation.paramount title
A title that supersedes any and all other titles or claims against the same property. It signifies immediate right to possession and may be the basis for eviction of a tenant.unmarketable title
A title that a reasonable buyer would fail to accept, due to pending litigation or some other unresolved conflicts over the property.