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noun top·ic \ˈtä-pik\

Simple Definition of topic

  • : someone or something that people talk or write about

Full Definition of topic

  1. 1a :  one of the general forms of argument employed in probable reasoningb :  argument, reason

  2. 2a :  a heading in an outlined argument or expositionb :  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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