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title (n.)

c. 1300, "inscription, heading," from Old French title "title or chapter of a book; position; legal permit" (12c., Modern French titre, by dissimilation), and in part from Old English titul, both from Latin titulus "inscription, label, ticket, placard, heading; honorable appellation, title of honor," of unknown origin. Meaning "name of a book, play, etc." first recorded mid-14c. The sense of "name showing a person's rank" in English is first attested 1580s. Sports championship sense attested from 1913 (originally in lawn tennis), hence titlist (1913). A title role in theater is one which gives its name to the play.

title (v.)

"to furnish with a title," early 14c., from title (n.). Related: Titled; titling.

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Definitions of title from WordNet
1
title (n.)
a heading that names a statute or legislative bill; may give a brief summary of the matters it deals with;
Synonyms: statute title / rubric
title (n.)
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
title (n.)
a general or descriptive heading for a section of a written work;
the novel had chapter titles
title (n.)
the status of being a champion;
he held the title for two years
Synonyms: championship
title (n.)
a legal document signed and sealed and delivered to effect a transfer of property and to show the legal right to possess it;
he kept the title to his car in the glove compartment
Synonyms: deed / deed of conveyance
title (n.)
an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. `Mr.' or `General';
the professor didn't like his friends to use his formal title
Synonyms: title of respect / form of address
title (n.)
an established or recognized right;
he had no documents confirming his title to his father's estate
Synonyms: claim
title (n.)
(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
title (n.)
an appellation signifying nobility;
`your majesty' is the appropriate title to use in addressing a king
title (n.)
an informal right to something;
his title to fame
Synonyms: claim
2
title (v.)
give a title to;
Synonyms: entitle
title (v.)
designate by an identifying term;
Synonyms: style
From wordnet.princeton.edu