Definition of titular in English:


Syllabification: tit·u·lar
Pronunciation: /ˈtiCHələr


  • 1Holding or constituting a purely formal position or title without any real authority: the queen is titular head of the Church of England a titular post
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    • Come to think of it, if I was a socialist leader (in a real and not titular sense), and Castro had saved me from a coup attempt while offering free doctors and so on, I don't know that I would turn it down.
    • They bear symbolic, titular power whilst real power has migrated elsewhere.
    • However, his leadership is more titular than real.
    nominal, in title only, in name only, ceremonial, honorary, so-called; token, puppet
  • 1.1 [attributive] (Of a cleric) nominally appointed to serve a diocese, abbey, or other foundation no longer in existence, and typically in fact having authority in another capacity.
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    • In 1677, he became a titular bishop, and spent the rest of his life ministering to the minority Roman Catholic populations in northern Germany, Denmark, and Norway.
    • Kemp was created a titular cardinal in 1439, recognition of his political stature; he rarely visited York diocese.
    • Predictably, the monks fought him tooth and nail; ruthlessly, the archbishop, who was their titular abbot, exiled them and broke their resistance.
  • 2Denoting a person or thing from whom or which the name of an artistic work or similar is taken: the work’s titular song
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    • On the opener ‘I Don't Blame You,’ the singer is accompanied by a simple piano melody, adding more power to the accusation her voice harbors despite the song's titular disclaimer.
    • The song's titular scream provides the frozen emotional centerpiece for a feverish and insistent dirge, and a rare moment of absolute release amidst an album often marked by a chilling sense of emotional confinement.
    • Several of Russia's national districts unilaterally raised themselves to the higher form, but only five of what came to be twenty-one national republics inside Russia had a majority of the titular nationality.
    eponymous, identifying
  • 2.1 [attributive] Denoting any of the parish churches in Rome to which cardinals are formally appointed: the priests of the titular churches


late 16th century (in the sense 'existing only in name'): from French titulaire or modern Latin titularis, from titulus (see title).

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