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[tahyt-n] /ˈtaɪt n/
Classical Mythology.
  1. any of the sons of Uranus and Gaea, including Coeus, Crius, Cronus, Hyperion, Iapetus, and Oceanus.
  2. Also, Titaness. any of the sisters of these, including Mnemosyne, Phoebe, Rhea, Tethys, Themis, and Thia.
  3. any of the offspring of the children of Uranus and Gaea.
the Titan, Helios.
Astronomy. one of the moons of Saturn.
(usually lowercase) a person or thing of enormous size, strength, power, influence, etc.:
a titan of industry.
Military. a two-stage, liquid-fueled U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile in service since the late 1950s and designed for launch from underground silos.
(lowercase) titanic2 (def 2).
Origin of Titan
1400-50; late Middle English: the sun, Helios < Latin Tītān < Greek Tītā́n Unabridged
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  • The pitiful combat between 105 pigmies and titans was on again.

    Heart of the Blue Ridge Waldron Baily
  • She swore, and invoked all the gods of the nether world, who are called titans, to witness.

    The Iliad Homer
  • The same thing is true of certain cosmogonic myths of the Greeks, such as the war of the titans against Zeus and similar episodes.

  • Legions of titans couldn't have got him out of the mud; and serve him right!

  • Quaint madrepore inlaying every palace, from Versailles downwards, like cells of pygmies in dwelling-places of titans.

    The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for titans


a person of great strength or size
Word Origin
C17: from Titan1


noun (Greek myth)
any of a family of primordial gods, the sons and daughters of Uranus (sky) and Gaea (earth)
any of the offspring of the children of Uranus and Gaea


the largest satellite of the planet Saturn, having a thick atmosphere consisting mainly of nitrogen. Diameter: 5150 km
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Word Origin and History for titans



early 15c., from Latin Titan, from Greek Titan, member of a mythological race of giants who attempted to scale heaven by piling Mount Pelion on Mount Ossa but were overthrown by Zeus and the gods. They descended from Titan, elder brother of Kronos. Perhaps from tito "sun, day," which is probably a loan-word from a language of Asia Minor. Sense of "person or thing of enormous size" first recorded 1828. Applied to planet Saturn's largest satellite in 1868; it was discovered 1655 by Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens, who named it Saturni Luna "moon of Saturn."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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titans in Culture

Titans definition

The gods in classical mythology who ruled the universe until they were overthrown by Zeus. Atlas and Prometheus were Titans.

Note: Any great and powerful person can be called a “titan.”
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