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A word to refer to the "The Far Side of the World" part in the film title Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (MC:FSW) might be subtitle. By here, the "Master and Commander" part is called title. But so is the full title MC:FSW.

I tried negating the prefix with supertitle and surtitle, which are opposites of another meaning of subtitle. I also considered location: I'm trying to find a word to describe the first part of a title, so I looked for pretitle. The uses I found meant "coming in a film before or during its opening credits."

Is there another word that means precisely "title but not subtitle"?

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I'd call it the series title, or maybe the main title (depending on whether there are other related movies called Master and Commander: [some other text]). –  FumbleFingers Jun 16 '13 at 16:38
It's the title. And it has to be for there to be a sub-title. –  Kris Jun 17 '13 at 5:57
BTW what's wrong with unambiguous? –  Kris Jun 17 '13 at 6:03

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It's the title. And it has to be for there to be a sub-title. :)

It's not necessary to say "title but not subtitle" -- the full version should properly be called the full title (including subtitle).

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+1, your explanation of how sub-title comes from title makes a lot of sense to me. Ideally if a work were named "A: B" I would like one word meaning "A", another "B", and one different from either of those meaning "A: B". But if you have an unambiguous single word meaning full title (including subtitle), I will accept this answer. –  dingo_dan Jun 17 '13 at 22:57

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