I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin titulus inscription, title Date: 14th century 1. a. obsolete inscription b. written material introduced into a motion picture or television program to give credits, explain an action, or represent dialogue — usually used in plural 2. a. all the elements constituting legal ownership b. a legally just cause of exclusive possession c. the instrument (as a deed) that is evidence of a right 3. a. something that justifies or substantiates a claim b. an alleged or recognized right 4. a. a descriptive or general heading (as of a chapter in a book) b. the heading which names an act or statute c. the heading of a legal action or proceeding 5. a. the distinguishing name of a written, printed, or filmed production b. a similar distinguishing name of a musical composition or a work of art 6. a descriptive name ; appellation 7. a division of an instrument, book, or bill; especially one larger than a section or article 8. a. an appellation of dignity, honor, distinction, or preeminence attached to a person or family by virtue of rank, office, precedent, privilege, attainment, or lands b. a person holding a title especially of nobility 9. a usually published work as distinguished from a particular copy <
published 25 new titles
10. championship 1 <
won the batting title
II. transitive verb (titled; titling) Date: 14th century 1. to provide a title for 2. to designate or call by a title ; term, style III. adjective Date: 1886 of or relating to a title: as a. having the same name as the title of a production <
did the title role in Hamlet
b. having the same title as or providing the title for the collection or production of which it forms a part <
the title song
c. of, relating to, or involving a championship <
a title match
d. of, relating to, or used with the titles that introduce a motion picture or television program <
title music

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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