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.
Other Word Forms
Origin of topic
- Obsolete 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 American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin topica, from Ancient Greek τοπικός (topikos, “pertaining to a place, local, pertaining to a common place, or topic, topical"), from τόπος (topos, “a place").