Definition of title in English:



  • 1The name of a book, composition, or other artistic work.

    ‘the author and title of the book’
    • ‘He wrote the title of his book and his pen-name on a slip of paper and gave it to me.’
    • ‘Without the clue provided by the title, its real source might be impossible to discern.’
    • ‘Previous research has demonstrated that knowledge of book titles and authors' names is reflective of immersion in a literate environment.’
    • ‘Because you've phoned to say something about a submission, someone may write down your name and the title of your book, and pass the note on to the slush readers.’
    • ‘The only difference between them was the title of the book and the author's name.’
    • ‘Put the title and artist name in the comment box.’
    • ‘The book's chapter titles are the names of the continents, and within each continent the English language experience of each country is described.’
    • ‘Thomas Hardy took a line from Thomas Gray's poem, Elegy in a country Churchyard, as the title for his most successful novel.’
    • ‘If you Google any of the above names, with the titles of their famous books, you get hundreds, if not thousands, of links.’
    • ‘A similar methodology governs the narrator's reading, since she selects books according to categorised titles: women's names or cities.’
    • ‘This was later followed by a second book with the title Migrations.’
    • ‘Flint, which is the title of the book as well as the surname of Eddy's frighteningly driven heroine, is a cross-genre novel.’
    • ‘Participants knew his name, but really couldn't remember a book title by him.’
    • ‘This all-new version adds minute details to the daily rituals of the little inhabitants - you can almost zoom in to see specific ingredients as meals are prepared, or read book titles on shelves.’
    • ‘The name Kilpatrick is still part of the parish seal and is the title of the weekly parish newsletter.’
    • ‘I remember enjoying it, but I could never remember the title of the book, nor the name of the author.’
    • ‘Churchill's book with the same title gave its name to a TV series for which Walton wrote this patriotic march.’
    • ‘Here are three song titles containing brackets.’
    • ‘My only clue was a reference, buried in the article, to a book title by this anonymous author.’
    • ‘The title suggests that printed sources are included, but in fact this is primarily a manuscript study.’
    name, subtitle
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    1. 1.1A caption or credit in a movie or broadcast.
      • ‘The film is prefaced by titles telling us that the story is fiction, not based on the Gospels, but on the novel of the same name by Nikos Kazantzakis.’
      • ‘The film's titles appear on screen as if they were written with a word processor, replete with mistakes that need to be corrected.’
      • ‘But still, the plate is important enough to get its own credit during the opening titles.’
      • ‘The box may say To Die For, but nobody bothered to remove the box that says Heaven's a Drag in the film's opening titles off the print we are watching.’
      • ‘I suppose the only film made without any titles at all was The Last [Man], with Emil Jannings.’
      • ‘The opening titles interweave through an animated sequence depicting macabre images of death and decay occasionally twinned with illustrations of traditional British university life.’
      • ‘The film's opening titles remind us of the horrors that Somalia underwent in the lead up to that day: 300,000 people had already starved during famine.’
      • ‘Even the queen of R & B, Ms. Sarah Vaughn, lends her dulcet tones to the films opening and closing titles.’
      • ‘We saw the unusually subdued opening titles, with an empty beanbag where once Jill had slept.’
      • ‘Post-production looks at editing, sound, titles and credits, and marketing.’
      • ‘Film titles, like Andy Kaufman's record, jerking backwards and forwards awkwardly, move between fact and fantasy, real and imagined worlds.’
      • ‘Like Harry Lime, the penicillin-diluting racketeer he plays in the film, Welles infects The Third Man from opening titles to closing credits.’
      • ‘The group achieved immediate success by producing excellent wartime propaganda shorts as well as film titles and graphics for documentaries.’
      • ‘It is almost all action, all the time, from opening titles to end credits.’
      • ‘The film opens with titles on the screen locating the drama in Venice in 1596 and briefly describing the oppression and ghettoization of the Jewish population.’
      • ‘In the closing titles it reported that a woman had come forward after his execution to confirm his alibi, although by then it was too late.’
      • ‘Inserting and playing the disc, the text-dominant menu appears, and the film commences with the text-dominant opening titles.’
      • ‘Look for the use of a camera mounted close to the ice for the opening titles and for many of the hockey sequences in the film.’
      caption, legend, inscription, label, heading, subheading, head, motto, slogan, device, wording, rubric
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    2. 1.2A book, magazine, or newspaper considered as a publication.
      ‘the company publishes 400 titles a year’
      • ‘In 1855, 1,020 book titles were published, 1,836 in 1864, and 10,691 in 1894.’
      • ‘Both companies were established more than 65 years ago, but at one point Marvel was producing 60 comic book titles a month.’
      • ‘A busy Cannes market will include a distinctive and varied crop of BBC Films titles currently in post-production.’
      • ‘It also aims to ensure that communities outside the major cities continue to enjoy access to a wide variety of film titles through their local cinemas.’
      • ‘The number of newspaper titles published diminished in all belligerent nations as the war progressed, as did the size of those which survived, but circulations often increased.’
      • ‘Two Fox Movietone News clips of the cast and crew arriving and working in Japan and trailers for House of Bamboo and the rest of the recent spate of Fox film noir titles fill out this DVD.’
      • ‘There are reprints of popular titles in colourful paperbacks at special prices.’
      • ‘For Time Inc., the world's largest magazine publisher with 134 titles, coming up with a fresh idea for a new magazine gets harder and harder.’
      • ‘There appears to be no slowing of the trend of increasing number and specialization of magazine titles.’
      • ‘The two titles in this review that we most recommend are Safe Sanctuaries and The Life of the Mind.’
      • ‘The combined searches and other data sources found 3351 potential titles.’
      • ‘The festival is already renowned as a place for the discovery of films, often screening titles which go on to become box office hits months after the festival.’
      • ‘He devotes all of one sentence to the literally thousands of titles of Catholic devotional literature in the era.’
      • ‘This year we are labouring to establish a church library program of 45-50 titles for pastors and churches in the Hispanic world.’
      • ‘In the coming years, the Internet may offer additional opportunities for repackaging old film and television titles.’
      • ‘The terrain of teen books is marvelously bumpy, each title an atlas of emotional highs and lows.’
      • ‘Random House trade imprints now publish lead titles as print books and e-books simultaneously.’
      • ‘Their initial list will be of humor-oriented titles, but they see a broad catalogue of fiction and nonfiction to follow.’
      • ‘Broadcast offers titles ranging from classic Westerns to 50s b-movie sci-fi.’
      • ‘This book is a revised and updated edition of the same title published in 1993.’
      publication, work, offering
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  • 2A name that describes someone's position or job.

    ‘Leese assumed the title of director general’
    • ‘Otherwise, we have some interesting company names and job titles.’
    • ‘While that's his official title for at least the next two years, the most high-profile aspect of the job will come in September 2007.’
    • ‘They've been kind enough to grant me a title of Professor of English so I'm a member of the department.’
    • ‘For each, give your job title, the name of the company and the period of employment.’
    • ‘Floyd retired in 1982, but he took the title of research professor and continued to regularly go to work.’
    • ‘Two years later he was honoured with the title of Astor Professor of Mathematics at University College.’
    • ‘However, he retains his professorial title and benefits at the University of Washington.’
    • ‘At Iowa State, ‘adjunct’ has been used for many titles, including professional and scientific staff who have teaching duties.’
    • ‘You have to provide all of the relevant details for your profile, including dates and titles for the jobs and positions you've held.’
    • ‘Most of my job titles are… rather undescribing, though.’
    • ‘Back in Melbourne, Frank was running out of job titles.’
    • ‘In the second century ‘rabbi’ came to be used as a formal title for an ordained scribe.’
    • ‘The boundaries created by job titles are artificial.’
    • ‘Mach holds the title of Visiting Professor of Inspiration and Discovery at the university and is convinced a work on this scale is almost demanded of him.’
    • ‘Here's how it works: you must select the job title which most closely reflects your position.’
    • ‘It is a good idea to write down the exact dates and times of the incident you are making your complaint about, along with the names and job titles of any staff involved.’
    • ‘The easiest way to do this is to embellish a little when describing your current job title.’
    • ‘What exactly is your job title and job description?’
    • ‘Workers are being given bigger job titles rather than bigger salaries as cash-strapped companies try to keep employees happy.’
    • ‘Regardless of their title, all meeting professionals need to have certain qualities.’
    1. 2.1A word such as Senator or Dame that is used before someone's name, or a form that is used instead of someone's name, to indicate high social or official rank.
      ‘he will inherit the title of Duke of Marlborough’
      • ‘She earned her title following a visit by Queen Victoria, says Dr Kellett.’
      • ‘Every other face around him brought to mind more and more titles and official names.’
      • ‘Hailed for saving his country from invasion, Duncan earned the title Viscount Duncan of Camperdown.’
      • ‘This means that all the trappings of the new state - the official titles, ministries and institutions - are just paper fictions, in danger of vanishing at any moment.’
      • ‘His wife, Herodias, convinced Herod to go to Rome and risk his fortune and kingdom for the same title.’
      • ‘However, the highest ranked officials have titles that are more secular in origin.’
      • ‘Though he did not have the title of a lord or any special rank, he lived fairly well as one of the lower upperclassmen.’
      • ‘He was awarded a knighthood for services to his country's cricket, but since Jamaicans do not accept such titles, is known instead as The Honourable Alan Rae.’
      • ‘He is not to be confused with Arthur himself, who inherits the title of Lord Godalming.’
      • ‘He had used Rob's real name instead of his title for the first time, and everyone noticed.’
      • ‘He argued that Camilla should not become queen, and instead take the title Duchess of Lancaster - the king is always the Duke of Lancaster.’
      • ‘Thus, in the United States, Bangladeshis may find some initial difficulty in using people's names instead of kinship titles.’
      • ‘You'll never find me worrying about the placement of cutlery or whether it's permissible to address an older woman by her first name instead of her title.’
      • ‘She immediately resented her choice to use his title instead of his name.’
      • ‘The German emperor claimed the title of Holy Roman Emperor, but where did that leave the French king - as his permanent vassal?’
      • ‘But when you log on to book tickets for our National Theatre they do better than that; they give you no less than forty appellations, titles, ranks or honorifics to choose from.’
      • ‘The title of Officer is reserved for achievement appreciated by Canada or humanity in general.’
      • ‘He's even selected his title - Lord Connery of Fountainbridge.’
      • ‘There was even a suggestion that after ‘some years’ Townsend also could have received a title and an official allowance.’
      • ‘When he was ennobled in 1964, someone remarked he should take the title Lord Corridor of Power.’
      designation, name, denomination, label, rank, status, office, position
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    2. 2.2A word such as Mrs. or Dr. that is used before someone's name to indicate their profession or marital status.
      • ‘He had no answer to my next question, which was why on a class list it was even necessary to know, or why the women were singled out to have titles indicating their marital status.’
      • ‘A disclosure to the voluntary body she helps suggested that she appeared to have a marital history because she used the title Ms.’
      • ‘If she had a professional title, it would be Dr. Anne Jones and she would use that in her professional life.’
      • ‘The titles and pretensions of professional status just serve to hide that.’
      • ‘Today it is an honorary title and Professor Crewe will be expected to attend civic functions as an ambassador for the town.’
      • ‘He is not a professor and does not claim the title.’
      • ‘In the U.S., professors routinely use their titles, which are an important part of their credentials.’
      • ‘Professional titles such as ‘Doctor’ or ‘Master’ are commonly used in addressing people.’
      • ‘A friend of mine told me in their country a board could legally put measures into places to protect such titles and reserve them for well-trained professionals.’
      • ‘Formal introductions are rare, but professional titles are used to address respected persons.’
      • ‘Certain professional titles may replace those just mentioned.’
      • ‘He received the title of Professor in 1872 while at Milan.’
    3. 2.3A descriptive or distinctive name that is earned or chosen.
      ‘Nata's deserved the title of Best Restaurant of the Year’
      • ‘These men, through their actions in combat and peace, earned the title of warrior.’
      • ‘This distinguishes Taimu from other mountains and earns it the title of ‘Fairyland on the Sea’.’
      • ‘Toni Moore's devotion to her two children has earned her the title as the Village Voice mum of the year.’
      • ‘Their efforts earned them the titles of Best Farm Shop and Entrepreneur of the Year.’
      • ‘TV's Pioneer is one of the many titles Milton Berle has earned, but he got into show business long before Americans started turning on the tube.’
      • ‘Southern California's Red Hot Chili Peppers have earned the title of one of the most enduring bands of the past two decades.’
      • ‘Toyota knows that as early as next year it could earn the title of world's biggest carmaker.’
      • ‘Still, beware of not abusing your self-confidence and earning the title of Mr. Arrogance.’
      • ‘Jude's new modern hair style again earned him the title Jude the Dude.’
      • ‘His efforts earned him the title North East Young Farmer of the Year in the NFU President's Awards this year.’
      • ‘In 1989, she killed seven men in Florida, earning the title of America's first female serial killer.’
      • ‘Making sacrifices and always putting others first has earned Davina Sully the title of June's Supermum.’
      • ‘She is referred to as ‘the demon player’ by her colleagues and she agreed that she has earned the title.’
      • ‘Pomeroy, observers say, now holds the unofficial title of most effective church secretary in the country.’
      • ‘His bulging biceps earned him the title of Mr North East Britain 1955.’
      • ‘Cech is probably the best keeper in Europe at present, and has earned his title as Czech football's new golden boy.’
      • ‘Her sheer courage and determination have earned her the title Supermum of the Month for February and this week she was presented with her prize.’
      • ‘A series of big deals in London earned him the title in 1991 of Scotland's top corporate lawyer.’
      • ‘Michael Caine's role in the classic Get Carter has earned the title of nastiest screen character of all time.’
      • ‘Their joint efforts helped Edinburgh to earn the title of Unesco's first World City of Literature.’
      sobriquet, nickname, byname, name, label, tag
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  • 3The position of being the champion of a major sports competition.

    ‘Davis won the world title for the first time in 1981’
    • ‘Would he have won Champions League crowns, major domestic titles, perhaps even a Footballer of the Year award?’
    • ‘Jamaica's U - 19 cricketers are off to Kami's home turf to win both titles in the regional competition.’
    • ‘He won five British championship titles and competed on the Grand Prix circuit for seven years during an impressive riding career.’
    • ‘Last year saw Germans, Austrians, Italians - even a few Moldovans - compete for the title of Open champion.’
    • ‘He has won riding titles at Churchill Downs, Turfway Park, and River Downs.’
    • ‘Major titles are won by incredibly small margins.’
    • ‘The Cardinal have won two titles, the last in 1988.’
    • ‘She has won national titles and international competitions and came fourth in the 1999 European Championships.’
    • ‘The title of Supreme Champion won by Craig means that he is the best dog in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man.’
    • ‘They went on to win a further four championship titles in the competitive Congolese domestic league, their last success in 1990.’
    • ‘From there the year had its high points - two Masters Series titles in Miami and Rome helped with that - but the Grand Slam events continued to pose a problem.’
    • ‘Winning a second world title while in recovery from winning the first changed ideas on what athletes can and cannot do.’
    • ‘Could he become the sixth man to win all four major titles?’
    • ‘The world number five had begun the week in optimistic mood, talking of his desire to win more major titles after a disappointing 2001 season.’
    • ‘After all, he had delivered the city of Rome its fourth title in 101 years against seemingly impossible odds.’
    • ‘The men and women's national teams currently hold five of the seven major championship titles.’
    • ‘What he needs even more, what would be most important for the player who already has won three major titles in a prolific career, is another Open Championship.’
    • ‘Two Orkney golfers have won the Scottish champions title in the biggest competition for club golfers in the world.’
    • ‘At the city finals, the maximum number of competition titles was won by students of Bishop Cotton's Girls' School.’
    • ‘Sixty clubs throughout England competed for the championship title, sending their best athletes forward.’
    championship, first place, crown, belt, medal, prize, trophy, cup, shield, plate
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  • 4Law
    A right or claim to the ownership of property or to a rank or throne.

    ‘a local family had title to the property’
    ‘the buyer acquires a good title to the merchandise’
    • ‘Legal title to the property was taken by the parties as joint tenants.’
    • ‘The land registry documentation makes clear that legal title to the property was held in the name of the company.’
    • ‘The company has the legal and beneficial title to its property.’
    • ‘They also applied to corporate bodies, such as the Gallican Church, whose property titles were over 1,000 years standing.’
    • ‘It specifically prevents the Maori Land Court granting freehold title to Maori tribes that claim customary ownership.’
    ownership of, proprietorship of, freehold of, entitlement to, right to, proprietary rights to, claim to
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  • 5(in church use) a fixed sphere of work and source of income as a condition for ordination.

    1. 5.1A parish church in Rome under a cardinal.


  • Give a name to (a book, composition, or other work)

    ‘a song titled “You Rascal, You.”’
    • ‘I forget what the project was titled.’
    • ‘I truly hope that if there is a Hell it has a place for the folks who title books.’
    • ‘The project is titled Operation Christmas Child, which in turn is a project of the Samaritians Purse.’
    • ‘Klein runs the whole thing under the rubric of ‘The Kennedy Curse,’ as he titles his forthcoming book.’
    • ‘His interest led him to write a book titled Rattans of South India and to report finding over five new species.’
    • ‘Wiley customarily titles his work after the source image he has altered, while his portrait subjects remain anonymous.’
    • ‘So it's not all that surprising that a new book titled The North Beach Diet landed on my desk the other day.’
    • ‘The photographer makes her own subjective statement by titling the work ‘Last Gender Free Moment.’’
    • ‘No wonder the American edition of this enlightening book is titled Every Man A Speculator.’
    • ‘And more than that: by titling the works ‘Narcissus’ he recalled the myth of a man looking into the water and falling in love with his own image.’
    • ‘Simone de Beauvoir jump-started the feminist movement with a book titled The Second Sex.’
    • ‘The interesting thing is that you don't title the works until they're complete?’
    • ‘You'd think a high school would take pains not to title their cookbook so that it sounded like, well, a high school project.’
    • ‘It's no accident that one of his books is titled Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!’
    • ‘The book is titled Karaoke No More - the real story about the beginnings of Westlife.’
    • ‘His second book, titled an A to Z of Robots, is already in the planning stages.’
    • ‘Although we have some of the pictures, we still couldn't decide what to title this year's yearbook.’
    • ‘The book was titled, as the paper, The Harmony of the Ancient and Modern Geometry asserted.’
    • ‘A recent book titled Religion on Campus offers a clear picture of what this means.’
    • ‘I could understand titling a work after the date the work was finished, just as many books end with the date the author wrote the final few words.’
    call, entitle, name, dub, give something the title of, designate, label, tag, describe something as, style, term, christen, baptize
    clepe, denominate
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Old English titul, reinforced by Old French title, both from Latin titulus inscription, title The word originally denoted a placard or inscription placed on an object, giving information about it, hence a descriptive heading in a book or other composition.