• WordNet 3.6
    • adj titular existing in name only "the nominal (or titular) head of his party"
    • adj titular of or associated with or bearing a title signifying nobility "titular dignitaries"
    • adj titular 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"
    • adj titular of or bearing a title signifying status or function "of titular rank"
    • adj titular of or relating to a legal title to something "titulary rights"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Titular A titulary.
    • a Titular Existing in title or name only; nominal; having the title to an office or dignity without discharging its appropriate duties; as, a titular prince. "If these magnificent titles yet remain
      Not merely titular ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • titular Of, pertaining to, or having a title, in any sense; existing in or by reason of title; so designated or entitled: as, titular rank, dignity, or rights; titular possession; a titular professor or incumbent of office (that is, one bearing the title, in distinction from an adjunct or a deputy).
    • titular Existing in or having the title only; being such only in name; so-called; nominal; not actual: as, a titular sovereignty or bishopric; the line of titular kings of Jerusalem.
    • titular Receiving the name (of), or used by name, as part of a title; giving or taking title. See quotation, and titular church, below.
    • n titular A person who holds a title of office, or a right of possession independently of the functions or obligations properly implied by it; in ecclesiastical law, one who may lawfully enjoy a benefice without perfowning its duties.
    • n titular One whose name is used as a title; specifically, the patron saint of a church.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Titular tit′ū-lar existing in name or title only: nominal: having the title without the duties of an office
    • n Titular one who enjoys the bare title of an office, without the actual possession of that office: a person invested with a title in virtue of which he holds a benefice, whether he performs its duties or not
    • n Titular one having the title of an office whether he performs its duties or not
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. titulaire, fr. L. titulus,. See Title


In literature:

Of this social world, the "President and his Lady" were not merely the titular and official leaders, but the real leaders.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
The pope and the clergy recovered their titular rank, and in one direction unhappily they recovered the reality of power.
"The Reign of Mary Tudor" by James Anthony Froude
The King of Sardinia was, and the King of Italy, we suppose, is still titular King of Jerusalem.
"The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, Volume V" by James Russell Lowell
You see, he could not leave the titular ghost behind him, and the domiciliary ghost could not leave the house.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
You see, he could not leave the titular ghost behind him, and the domiciliary ghost could not leave the house.
"Tales of Fantasy and Fact" by Brander Matthews
Macdonald was now the virtual, and was on the point of becoming the titular, leader of the party.
"George Brown" by John Lewis
In the titular Court of St. Germains, two of the name of Sheldon were of the Board of Green Cloth.
"Notes and Queries, Number 235, April 29, 1854" by Various
Because of the frequent and prolonged absences of the titular governor he was often the acting governor.
"Concerning Justice" by Lucilius A. Emery
She advised the colonists to wait until Thomas, Lord Culpeper, the titular governor of the colony returned to Virginia.
"A History of the Town of Fairfax" by Jeanne Johnson Rust
On the 17th of April, 1748, the titular King of Delhi, Muhammad Shah, had died.
"Rulers of India: Lord Clive" by George Bruce Malleson

In poetry:

Proclaimed our weakness, not its source.
What medicine for disease had he?
Whom summoned for a show of force?
Our titular aristocracy!
"Lines To A Friend Visiting America" by George Meredith

In news:

Newcomer Suraj Sharma play the titular character in "Life of Pi," a more.
Jessica Barth hopes her part as the girlfriend of the titular bear in "Ted".
The video for GS Boys' "Stanky Legg," a single released in 2008, shows several men and women performing the titular dance.
Kanye West's "Theraflu" got good reviews from its subject (Kim Kardashian) but bad ones from its namesake (the makers of the titular cold medicine).
Ezra Miller gives a phenomenal performance as the titular school shooter in We Need to Talk about Kevin (read City Paper's review here), a film especially timely in the wake of the recent high school shooting in Ohio.
It's a story "you'll see only on 12 News," crowed KPNX-TV anchor Mark Curtis, whose caterpillar mustache rivals that of Will Ferrell 's titular character in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
Welby will become the titular leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans.
'The Lorax' has a lively comic gallery of characters, including Danny DeVito as the titular tree-protector and Betty White as Grammy Norma.
The ' Hannibal ' TV series on NBC has cast a former James Bond villain as its titular character.
But could 'Dexter' really be so bold as to have LaGuerta's investigation finally expose its titular killer.
The home of the story's titular hobbits , Bag End, now looks like a cardboard backdrop borrowed from a community theater production.
"As of tonight, we've been playing for six months," trumpeter and co-leader Joe Herrera proclaimed as the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra began its set at the titular club Monday night.
The titular 'Otis' is late soul legend Otis Redding , whose vocals from the classic 'Try a Little Tenderness' are sampled in the song.
You do not have a credible performance by Tom Cruise in the titular role.

In science:

The titular hyperbolic sigma model captures some of the mathematical difficulties of this approach, and, conjecturally, most of the phenomenology.
Reinforced random walk