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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v title designate by an identifying term "They styled their nation `The Confederate States'"
    • v title give a title to
    • n title an informal right to something "his claim on her attentions","his title to fame"
    • n title 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"
    • n title an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. `Mr.' or `General' "the professor didn't like his friends to use his formal title"
    • n title an appellation signifying nobility "`your majesty' is the appropriate title to use in addressing a king"
    • n title 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"
    • n title 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"
    • n title (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"
    • n title a general or descriptive heading for a section of a written work "the novel had chapter titles"
    • n title 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"
    • n title the status of being a champion "he held the title for two years"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Picture and Titles Picture and Titles
on title page on title page
frontpage Title Decoration frontpage Title Decoration
chapters Title Decoration chapters Title Decoration
s Title Decoration s Title Decoration
Brown cloth cover with gold blind-stamped title Brown cloth cover with gold blind-stamped title
Tom Thumb's Alphabet title Tom Thumb's Alphabet title
Fleur-de-Lis title Fleur-de-Lis title

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some of the titles that were considered for the hit T.V. show "Friends" were Six Of One, Across the Hall, and Insomnia Cafe
    • Title (Anc. Church Records) A church to which a priest was ordained, and where he was to reside.
    • title (Law) a defect of title, usually superficial and capable of removal by release, decision in equity, or legislation.
    • Title A name; an appellation; a designation.
    • Title A section or division of a subject, as of a law, a book, specif. Roman & Canon Laws, a chapter or division of a law book.
    • Title An appellation of dignity, distinction, or preëminence (hereditary or acquired), given to persons, as duke marquis, honorable, esquire, etc. "With his former title greet Macbeth."
    • Title An inscription put over or upon anything as a name by which it is known.
    • Title (Law) That by which a beneficiary holds a benefice.
    • Title (Law) That which constitutes a just cause of exclusive possession; that which is the foundation of ownership of property, real or personal; a right; as, a good title to an estate, or an imperfect title .
    • Title The inscription in the beginning of a book, usually containing the subject of the work, the author's and publisher's names, the date, etc.
    • Title (Law) The instrument which is evidence of a right.
    • Title (Bookbindng) The panel for the name, between the bands of the back of a book.
    • v. t Title To call by a title; to name; to entitle. "Hadrian, having quieted the island, took it for honor to be titled on his coin, “The Restorer of Britain.”"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first episode of the popular television sitcom Happy Days was titled "All The Way."
    • n title An inscription placed on or over something to distinguish or specialize it; an affixed individualizing term or phrase.
    • n title A prefixed designating word, phrase, or combination of phrases; an initial written or printed designation; the distinguishing name attached to a written production of any kind: as, the title of a book, a chapter or section of a book, etc.; the title of a poem. The title of a book in the fullest sense includes all the matter in the title-page preceding the author's name or whatever stands in place of it. It may be either a single word or a short phrase, or be divided into a leading and a subordinate title connected by or; or it may be extended by way of description to the larger part of a closely printed page, according to a practice formerly very common. The title by which a book is quoted, however, is nearly always the shortest form that will serve to designate it distinctively. For bibliographical purposes, especially in the cases of old, rare, and curious books, the entire title-page, word for word and point for point, is regarded as the title, and when copied the actual typography is often indicated, as by a vertical bar after each word which ends a line, etc.
    • n title Same as title-page, in some technical or occasional uses.
    • n title In bookbinding, the panel on the back of which the name of the book is imprinted.
    • n title A descriptive caption or heading to a document; the formula by which a legal instrument of any kind is headed: as, the title of an act of Congress or of Parliament; the title of a deed, a writ, or an affidavit.
    • n title In some statutes, law-books, and the like, a division or subdivision of the subject, usually a larger division than article or section.
    • n title A characterizing term of address; a descriptive name or epithet.
    • n title Specifically, a distinguishing appellation belonging to a person by right of rank or endowment, or assigned to him as a mark of respect or courtesy. Titles in this sense may be classified as— titles of office, whether hereditary or limited to chosen incumbents, as emperor or empress, king or queen, president, judge, mayor, bishop or archbishop, rector, deacon, general, admiral, captain, etc.
    • n title Titular or aristocratic rank; titled nobility or dignity.
    • n title A grade or degree of fineness; especially, the number of carats by which the fineness of gold is expressed.
    • n title A claim; a right; a designated ground of claim; a conferred or acquired warrant; an attributed privilege or franchise.
    • n title An inherent or established right; a fixed franchise; a just or recognized claim.
    • n title In law: Ownership: as, the title was not in the husband, but in his wife; her title was subject to encumbrance.
    • n title The channel through which an owner has acquired his right; the collection of facts from which, by the operation of law, his right arises: as, an abstract of title sets forth the chain of instruments, etc., by which the owner became owner.
    • n title Absolute ownership; the unencumbered fee. In a contract to convey title or to warrant the title, the word is usually understood in this sense, in which it includes the right of property, the right of possession, and actual possession.
    • n title The instrument which is evidence of a right; a title-deed. Title is more appropriately used of real property; ownership of personal, but also to some extent of real property. Among the older commentators on Roman law it was usual to call title (titulus) the contract or other legal act which was the remote cause of a person's acquiring property (for example, a contract of sale), while the immediate cause (for example, delivery) was called modus, In order to have ownership there had to be a perfect titulus and modus. This doctrine is alien to the Roman jurists, and is now universally repudiated.
    • n title Hence, a source or evidence of any right or privilege; that which establishes a claim or an attribution: as, Gray's “Elegy” is his chief title to fame; his discharge is his title of exemption.
    • n title Eccles.: Originally, a district in the city of Rome with taxable revenue; hence, a district in that city attached to a parish church; a Roman parish church, as distinguished from a basilica or an oratory. The clergy belonging to these churches received the epithet “cardinal,” whence the title cardinal.
    • n title A fixed sphere of work and source of income, required as a condition of ordination. Since the Council of Chalcedon, a. d. 451, it has always been the rule to refuse to admit to ordination any one not appointed to officiate in a particular church. Since the eleventh century a title in the present sense has been expressly required. The term has gradually changed its connotation from the idea of locality to that of assured support and of a warrant for orders. The Roman Catholic Church requires as title for orders nomination to a benefice sufficient for maintenance, sufficient private income, a guarantee of support from some person or persons, or monastic poverty as entitling to maintenance by the order. In the Church of England a cure of souls, chaplaincy, fellowship, or the like is required, or residence as master of arts with sufficient private means. In the American Episcopal Church engagement with some church, parish, or congregation, with some diocesan or recognized general missionary society, as instructor in some incorporated institution, or as chaplain in the national army or navy is requisite for admission to priest's orders.
    • n title Same as tittle.
    • n title Synonyms Designation, etc. See name.
    • title To call by a title, or by the title of; entitle; name.
    • title To give a right to be entitled; bestow or confer the title or designation of.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The airplane, Buddy Holly died in, was the "American Pie," which is where Don McLarean got the song title from.
    • n Title tī′tl an inscription set over or at the beginning of a thing by which it is known, a title-page: a name of distinction: that which gives a just right to possession: ownership: the writing that proves a right:
    • n Title tī′tl (B.) a sign: a fixed sphere of work required as a condition for ordination, a parish in Rome—of these fifty give titles to cardinal-priests: in bookbinding, the panel on the back on which the name of the book is printed
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  • Raymond Chandler
    “A good title is the title of a successful book.”
  • Paul Davies
    Paul Davies
    “Next, in importance to books are their titles.”
  • George Mcgovern
    George Mcgovern
    “The longer the title, the less important the job.”
  • Billy Joel
    Billy Joel
    “Like a boxer in a title fight, you have to walk in that ring alone.”
  • Sidney J. Harris
    “If the devil could be persuaded to write a bible, he would title it, You Only Live Once.”
  • George Washington
    “I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. title, F. titre, L. titulus, an inscription, label, title, sign, token. Cf. Tilde Titrate Titular
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. title (Fr. titre)—L. titulus.


In literature:

He is a man full of schemes, so that the title of his new book is distinctly appropriate.
"When Winter Comes to Main Street" by Grant Martin Overton
The titles of these books describe their contents, and the following extract gives their style.
"Southern Literature From 1579-1895" by Louise Manly
I am the heir to your name and title.
"Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite" by Anthony Trollope
Title: Who was the Criminal?
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
Gwledig, British title of, 26; title thought to have been assumed by Eadwine, 44.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
This title was suggested by the author himself; cf.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
A wife presents her husband as "Mr. North," "Colonel North," or "Doctor North," always giving him his rightful titles.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
The latter subsequently shelved his title and entered the Church July 26, 1896.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
A title is about the only thing I haven't got, but then I don't want it.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
Just for a few moments think of some of the familiar titles and names of that Name which is above every other name.
"The Lord of Glory" by Arno Gaebelein

In poetry:

Safe hidden in the "Rock of Ages"
She bade farewell to fear;
Sure that her Lord'd always lead her
"She read her title clear."
"Mother's Songs" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Of my life with its early promise,
Which now to myself is seen,
Like the covers of some old volume,
With the title-page between.
"I Weary To-Night, I Weary" by Alexander Anderson
Q. Ah! where's my title, right, or claim
To that eternal bliss?
A. In Christ alone, that glorious name,
The Lord our Righteousness.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. I." by Ralph Erskine
The virgin's promised Son is born,
Behold th' expected child appear:
What shall his names or titles be?
"The Wonderful, the Counsellor."
"Hymn 13" by Isaac Watts
"Will no bright maid, by worth, by titles known,
Give the rich growth of British hills to Fame?
And let her charms, and her example, own
That Virtue's dress and Beauty's are the same?
"Elegy XVIII. He Repeats the Song of Colin, a Discerning Shepherd" by William Shenstone
Yes! force has conquering reasons given,
And chains and tortures argue well,—
And thou hast proved thy faith from heaven,
By weapons thou hast brought from hell.
Yes! thou hast made thy title good,
For thou hast sign'd the deed with blood.
"Persecution" by John Bowring

In news:

Has a great song titled "It's the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)".
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy senior running back Ryan McClain clinched the Suffolk News-Herald's Player of the Week title this week with 236 votes after running all over Norfolk Christian on Sept 14.
Houston grabs region boys golf title.
The famous title track scared the shit of me as a kid, still alarms me, and was, of course, meant that way.
Bryce Parietti leads Arapahoe to boys lacrosse title.
Cousin James, of Plano, chases a NASCAR title.
Bowman wins ARCA race at Kansas, and Buescher clinches points title.
Chris Buescher finished eighth in the ARCA Racing Series finale Friday night at Kansas Speedway to take the season title, and Alex Bowman raced to his second straight victory at the track.
She gave a wonderful and informative program titled "The Liveliest Place in Town".
In the main event, Jeff Hardy defends the world title against Austin Aries in a ladder match.
Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez will defend the tag team titles against Christopher Daniels and Kazarian.
A one-man track n' field-oplooza, the Olympic decathlon has long bestowed the title of "world's greatest athlete" upon its winner.
He also amassed a collection of at least 4,000 antique and contemporary pop-up titles.
Seattle Sounders FC, which has three US Open Cup titles in its trophy cabinet, will begin its quest for a first MLS Cup title on Friday when it welcomes Real Salt Lake to CenturyLink Field.
Thousand Oaks-based LAVA West 18-Jeff finished 12-2 to win the Girls 18s title while California Heat from Camarillo won the Girls 16s title with an 11-0 record.

In science:

Pavlov, Title: A new C-integrable limit of SHG equations, nlin.
The Calogero equation and Liouville type equations
Abbr. title: Limit theorems and absorption problems for correlated random walks.
Limit theorems and absorption problems for one-dimensional correlated random walks
Short title: ”Doubled” generalized Landau-Lifshiz hierarchies.
"Doubled" generalized Landau-Lifshiz hierarchies and special quasigraded Lie algebras
In particular, we dub the domains of the title sQQR-domains, and we characterize Pr¨ufer domains as being integrally closed sQQR-domains.
Integral Domains whose Simple Overrings are Intersections of Localizations
Can we conclude from this result that whenever a spectrum displays Wigner–Dyson statistics, it is useless to apply spectroscopy? In particular, would such a statement hold for nuclei? If not, which is the information content of a nuclear spectrum? These are the questions behind the title of the present Subsection.
The Two-Body Random Ensemble in Nuclei