What does it take to legally use the title of Doctor? I used to think that it only applied to those in the medical profession. I've heard from some that it only applies to Ph.D holders. But others have said only a doctorate (any kind) is necessary to use the title. I looked it up here http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=doctor According to the definitions posted, Any doctorate or "highest academic degree awarded" from a college or university qualifies you to use the title. Then I guess technically lawyers are doctors (J.D. - Doctorate in Jurisdiction). I encourage all to post replies on what they know within their professional circles on the appropriate use of the title. Please advise. PS: What exactly is an honarary degree? How is this different from a "regular" degree?