1. An inscription put over or upon anything as a name by which it is known.
2. 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.
3. Bookbindng The panel for the name, between the bands of the back of a book.
4. 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.
5. An appellation of dignity, distinction, or preeminence (hereditary or acquired), given to persons, as duke marquis, honorable, esquire, etc.
With his former title greet Macbeth. --Shak.
6. A name; an appellation; a designation.
7. Law (a) 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. (b) The instrument which is evidence of a right. (c) Canon Law That by which a beneficiary holds a benefice.
8. Anc. Church Records A church to which a priest was ordained, and where he was to reside.
Title deeds Law, the muniments or evidences of ownership; as, the title deeds to an estate.
Syn: -- Epithet; name; appellation; denomination. See epithet, and Name.
Ti·tle v. t. [imp. & p. p. Titled p. pr. & vb. n. Titling ] 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.”\= --Milton.
n 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,
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
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]
v 1: give a title to [syn: entitle]
2: designate by an identifying term; "They styled their nation
`The Confederate States'" [syn: style]