There is a lot of information floating around about these two words. Are they both the same? Is one wrong to use? Is one more preferred than the other? There’s no need to worry, however. Once you know the functions of each word, using entitled vs. titled is easy.
Today I want to talk about the difference between these two words, how they should be used in a sentence. After reading this post, you should have a clear understanding on how to use both of these words, and you can decide how to use them in your future writings.
Entitled originated from late Middle English (formerly also as intitle ): via Old French from late Latin intitulare, from in- ‘in’ + Latin titulus ‘title’. Title originated from Old English titul, reinforced by Old French title, both from Latin titulus ‘inscription, title’. The word originally denoted a placard or inscription placed on an object, giving information about it, hence a descriptive heading in a book or other composition.
Entitled as adjective:
Entitled as verb:
A satire entitled ‘The Rise of the Meritocracy”.
Titled as adjective:
With such triumphs of aerial architecture did Mrs Nickleby occupy the whole evening after her accidental introduction to Ralph’s titled friends. [The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby, Charles Dickens (1839)]
Six years ago, The Times’ editorial board wrote a piece titled “The Math of the Market,” which argued that there was something special about having at least four companies competing in every segment. [Los Angeles Times]
Entitled or titled:
Entitled has two definitions. The first and more common use is “to furnish with a right or claim to something.” The second sense of entitled is “to give a name or title to.” Titled is the past tense of the transitive verb title. It is defined as “to give a name or title to.”