noun top·ic \ˈtä-pik\

: someone or something that people talk or write about

Full Definition of TOPIC

a :  one of the general forms of argument employed in probable reasoning
b :  argument, reason
a :  a heading in an outlined argument or exposition
b :  the subject of a discourse or of a section of a discourse

Examples of TOPIC

  1. He is comfortable discussing a wide range of topics.
  2. topics such as health and fitness

Origin of TOPIC

Latin Topica Topics (work by Aristotle), from Greek Topika, from topika, neuter plural of topikos of a place, of a topos, from topos place, topos
First Known Use: circa 1569

Rhymes with TOPIC

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noun top·ic \ˈtä-pik\

Definition of TOPIC for Kids

:  the subject of something that is being discussed or has been written or thought about <She didn't like talking about it and tried to change the topic.>


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