- 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").