- An example of a topic is a debate about teenagers and tobacco use.
- An example of a topic is the subject of an essay or speech.
The definition of a topic is the subject of something.
- a class or category of considerations or arguments on which a rhetorician may draw
- one such consideration or argument
- the subject of a paragraph, essay, speech, etc.
- a subject for discussion or conversation
- a heading or item in an outline
Origin of topicClassical Latin topica from Classical Greek ta topika, title of a work by Aristotle from topikos, local, concerning from topoi, commonplaces from topos, place from Indo-European base an unverified form top-, to arrive, goal from source Old English thafian, to endure
- The subject of a speech, essay, thesis, or discourse.
- A subject of discussion or conversation.
- A subdivision of a theme, thesis, or outline. See Synonyms at subject.
- Linguistics A word or phrase in a sentence, usually providing information from previous discourse or shared knowledge, that the rest of the sentence elaborates or comments on. Also called theme .
Origin of topicObsolete topic rhetorical argument sing. of Topics title of a work by Aristotle from Latin Topica from Greek Topika commonplaces from neuter pl. of topikos of a place from topos place
From Latin topica, from Ancient Greek Ï„Î¿Ï€Î¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (topikos, “pertaining to a place, local, pertaining to a common place, or topic, topical"), from Ï„ÏŒÏ€Î¿Ï‚ (topos, “a place").