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ti·tle (tītl)
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n.
1.
a. An identifying name given to a book, play, film, musical composition, or other work.
b. A general or descriptive heading, as of a book chapter.
2.
a. A written work that is published or about to be published: the titles in the publisher's fall catalog.
b. A division of a legal code, generally consisting of multiple related statutes.
3.
a. often titles Written material to be read by viewers that is included in a film or television show, typically presenting credits, narration, or dialogue.
b. A written piece of translated dialogue superimposed at the bottom of the frame during a film; a subtitle.
4.
a. A formal appellation attached to the name of a person as a sign of office, rank, profession, or hereditary privilege.
b. A descriptive name; an epithet: the dubious title of the worst bowler in the league.
5. A right or claim, or the basis of a right or claim: "The weight of a fish is commonly its only title to fame" (Henry David Thoreau).
6. Law
a. A form of ownership free of valid claims by other parties.
b. The aggregate evidence that gives rise to a legal right of possession or control.
c. The instrument, such as a deed, that constitutes this evidence.
7. Sports & Games A championship: Which boxer won the heavyweight title?
8. Ecclesiastical
a. A source of income or area of work required of a candidate for ordination in the Church of England.
b. A Roman Catholic church in or near Rome having a cardinal for its nominal head.
tr.v. ti·tled, ti·tling, ti·tles
To give a name or title to.

[Middle English, from Old English titul, superscription, and from Old French title, title, both from Latin titulus.]

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