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[tish-uh n] /ˈtɪʃ ən/
(Tiziano Vecellio) c1477–1576, Italian painter.
(lowercase) a reddish-brown or golden-brown color:
hair of titian.
(lowercase) having titian color:
titian hair.
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Titianesque, adjective Unabridged
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  • A reproduction of the Titian has for purposes of comparison been placed at the end of the present monograph (p. 99).

    The Earlier Work of Titian Claude Phillips
  • Titian, that might or might not be—perhaps he had only touched it.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Might have been done by Titian when his paints ran out, and he had to take to a hot iron to express his art.

    The Virgin of the Sun H. R. Haggard
  • They have abused your hate who told you that Titian was jealous.

    Poems William D. Howells
  • At least, there are several portraits of him in complete mail,—one from the pencil of Titian.

British Dictionary definitions for Titian


original name Tiziano Vecellio. ?1490–1576, Italian painter of the Venetian school, noted for his religious and mythological works, such as Bacchus and Ariadne (1523), and his portraits
Derived Forms
Titianesque, adjective
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Word Origin and History for Titian

Venetian painter Tiziano Vecellio (c.1490-1576).

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Titian in Culture
Titian [(tish-uhn)]

A sixteenth-century Italian painter known for his portraits and for his innovative use of color.

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