Topic meaning

tŏp'ĭk
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.
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The definition of a topic is the subject of something.

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.

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The subject of a speech, essay, thesis, or discourse.
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A subdivision of a theme, thesis, or outline.
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A subject for discussion or conversation.
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A subject of discussion or conversation.
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The subject of a paragraph, essay, speech, etc.
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Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.
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(Internet) Discussion thread.
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A heading or item in an outline.
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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").
    From Wiktionary