TI'TLE, noun [Latin titulus. This may belong to the family of Gr. to set or put.]
1. An inscription put over any thing as a name by which it is known.
2. The inscription in the beginning of a book, containing the subject of the work, and sometimes the author's name.
3. In the civil and canon laws, a chapter or division of a book.
4. An appellation of dignity, distinction or pre-eminence given to persons; as duke, marquis and the like.
5. A name; an appellation.
Ill worthy I such title should belong
To me transgressor.
6. Right; or that which constitutes a just cause of exclusive possession; that which is the foundation of ownership; as a good title to an estate; or an imperfect title The lowest degree of title is naked possession, and lastly the right of property, all which united complete the title
But possession is not essential to a complete title A title to personal property may be acquired by occupancy. A claim is not a title
7. The instrument which is evidence of a right.
8. In the canon law, that by which a beneficiary holds a benefice. This is true and valid, or colorable. A valid title gives a right to the benefice. A colorable title appears to be valid, but is not.
9. In ancient church records, a church to which a priest was ordained, and where he was to reside.
TI'TLE, verb transitive To name; to call; to entitle.