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Definition of title noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] the name of a book, poem, painting, piece of music, etc. His poems were published under the title of “Love and Reason.” the title track from their latest CD (= the song with the same title as the disk) She has sung the title role in “Carmen” (= the role of Carmen in that opera ).
  2. 2[countable] a particular book or magazine The company publishes twenty new titles a year.
  3. 3[countable] a word in front of a person's name to show their rank or profession, whether or not they are married, etc. The present duke inherited the title from his father. Give your name and title (= Mr., Miss, Ms., Dr., etc.). More Aboutnames and titlesnames Your name is either your whole name or one part of your name:My name is Maria. His name is Tom Smith. Your last name or family name (also sometimes called surname, especially on official documents) is the name that all members of your family share. Your first names (formalforename(s)) is/are the name(s) your parents gave you when you were born. Some people use the expression Christian name(s) to refer to a person’s first name(s). Your middle name(s) is/are any name your parents gave you other than the one that is placed first and your last name. The initial of this name is often used as part of your name:John T. Harvey Your full name is all your names, usually in the order: first + middle + last name. A woman’s maiden name is the family name she had before she got married. Some women keep this name after they are married and do not use their husband’s name. Married women sometimes use their maiden name followed by their husband’s family name:Hillary Rodham Clinton A nickname is an unofficial name that you are called, such as Junior or Doc. A short name is a shortened form of your official name, such as Meg for Margaret or Bob for Robert.titles Mr. (for both married and unmarried men) Mrs. (for married women) Miss (for unmarried women) Ms. (a title that some women prefer to use as it does not distinguish between married and unmarried women) Doctor, Professor, President, Vice-President, Reverend (or Rev), etc. The correct way to talk to someone is: first name, if you know them well:Hello, Maria. or title + last name:Hello, Mr. Brown. or Doctor (medical), Professor, etc. on its own:Thank you, Doctor.This is only used for a very limited number of titles.
  4. 4[countable] a name that describes a job The official title of the job is “Administrative Assistant.”
  5. 5[countable] the position of being the winner of a competition, especially a sports competition the world heavyweight title a title fight (= in boxing) She has three world titles.
  6. 6[uncountable, countable] title (to something/to do something) (law) the legal right to own something, especially land or property; the document that shows you have this right He claims he has title to the land.
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