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1 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" [syn: statute title, rubric]
2 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"
3 a general or descriptive heading for a section of a written work; "the novel had chapter titles"
4 the status of being a champion; "he held the title for two years" [syn: championship]
5 a legal document signed and sealed and delivered to effect a transfer of property and to show the legal right to possess it; "he signed the deed"; "he kept the title to his car in the glove compartment" [syn: deed, deed of conveyance]
6 an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. Mr. or General; "the professor didn't like his friends to use his formal title" [syn: title of respect]
7 an established or recognized right; "a strong legal claim to the property"; "he had no documents confirming his title to his father's estate"; "he staked his claim" [syn: claim]
8 (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"
9 an appellation signifying nobility; "`your majesty' is the appropriate title to use in addressing a king"
10 an informal right to something; "his claim on her attentions"; "his title to fame" [syn: claim]


1 give a title to [syn: entitle]
2 designate by an identifying term; "They styled their nation `The Confederate States'" [syn: style]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A prefix or suffix added to a person's name to signify either veneration, official position or a professional or academic qualification.
  2. Legal right to ownership of a property; a deed or other certificate proving this.
  3. The name of a book, film, musical piece, etc.
  4. The subject of a writing; a short phrase that summarizes the entire topic.
  5. A division of an act of Congress or Parliament (e.g. Title II of the USA PATRIOT Act)
prefix or suffix added to a name
right to ownership
certificate of ownership
name of a book, etc
subject of a writing


  1. The act of assigning someone or something a title.

Extensive Definition

A title is a prefix or suffix added to a person's name to signify either veneration, an official position or a professional or academic qualification. In some languages, titles may even be inserted between a first and last name (for example, Graf in German or Cardinal in Catholic usage). Some titles are hereditary.

Professional and academic titles

Devotional titles

Titles for heads of state


Titles currently in use by heads of state and heads of government.


Elected or popularly proclaimed


Historical titles for heads of state

The following are no longer officially in use, though some may be claimed by former regnal dynasties.


Elected or popularly declared


Fictional titles for heads of state

Honorary titles granted by heads of state



Executive branch of government and other sub-national rulers

Currently in use



Honorary titles granted by an institution

Titles granted by an institution and used in direct address: Titles awarded by institutions due to merit but not used in correspondence: Honorary job titles in the royal household: Titles granted by institutions due to position rather than merit (e.g. job title):

Honorary titles granted by a mentor with the same title

Honorary titles granted by one's peers

See also


External links

title in Bulgarian: Титла
title in Czech: Titul
title in German: Titel
title in French: Titre
title in Croatian: Titula
title in Indonesian: Gelar
title in Italian: Titolo (persona)
title in Japanese: 称号
title in Lithuanian: Titulas
title in Dutch: Titel
title in Portuguese: Título
title in Russian: Титул
title in Slovak: Titul
title in Slovenian: Nazivi
title in Serbian: Списак титула
title in Swedish: Titel
title in Chinese: 称谓

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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