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titular

[tich-uh-ler, tit-yuh-] /ˈtɪtʃ ə lər, ˈtɪt yə-/
adjective
1.
existing or being such in title only; nominal; having the title but none of the associated duties, powers, etc.:
the titular head of the company.
2.
from whom or which a title or name is taken:
His titular Saint is Michael.
3.
of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a title.
4.
having a title, especially of rank.
5.
designating any of the Roman Catholic churches in Rome whose nominal incumbents are cardinals.
noun
6.
a person who bears a title.
7.
a person from whom or thing from which a title or name is taken.
8.
Ecclesiastical. a person entitled to a benefice but not required to perform its duties.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Latin titul(us) title + -ar1
Related forms
titularity
[tich-uh-lar-i-tee, tit-yuh-] /ˌtɪtʃ əˈlær ɪ ti, ˌtɪt yə-/ (Show IPA),
noun
titularly, adverb
multititular, adjective
nontitular, adjective
nontitularly, adverb
untitular, adjective
untitularly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for multi-titular

titular

/ˈtɪtjʊlə/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or of the nature of a title
2.
in name only
3.
bearing a title
4.
giving a title
5.
(RC Church) designating any of certain churches in Rome to whom cardinals or bishops are attached as their nominal incumbents
noun (pl) -lars, -laries
6.
the bearer of a title
7.
the bearer of a nominal office
Derived Forms
titularly, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from French titulaire, from Latin titulustitle
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Word Origin and History for multi-titular

titular

adj.

1590s, perhaps by influence of Middle French titulaire, from Latin titulus (see title).

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