topic

noun
top·​ic | \ ˈtä-pik \

Definition of topic

1a : the subject of a discourse or of a section of a discourse
b : a heading in an outlined argument or exposition
b : one of the general forms of argument employed in probable reasoning

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Examples of topic in a Sentence

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

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In December, Ariana herself talked about just this topic. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Is Only the Fourth Woman Ever to Headline Coachella," 3 Jan. 2019 Just talking about weighty topics isn’t enough for contemporary Mensans like Craig McCue of Des Moines, Iowa. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Mensa’s Debate: Deep Thinking or Games and Drinking?," 1 Jan. 2019 Many viewers were outraged and triggered, calling out the Kardashian-Jenners for giving credence to societal beauty standards as well as for joking about the decidedly unfunny topic of disordered eating. Andrea Park, Allure, "Kim Kardashian's Controversial "Skinny" Posts Are Receiving Plenty of Celebrity Backlash," 1 Aug. 2018 New couples have plenty of fun things to talk about, but what about the tricky-but-necessary topic of finances? W. David Kern, Cincinnati.com, "How and why new couples should talk about finances," 11 July 2018 These are two people who are so qualified to talk about this very topic, probably two of the most qualified people in the country. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Ezra Klein and Kara Swisher on the future of journalism," 12 Dec. 2018 Everyone from The New York Times to The New Yorker covered it and no fewer than eight books were published in the span of a few months about the topic. Lyndsey Matthews, Country Living, "What Is Hygge? Everything You Need To Know About The Danish Lifestyle Trend," 4 Dec. 2018 Cook together, talk about your own life a bit, ask about a topic that interests them. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "How Can You Help Someone Who Is Depressed?," 26 Nov. 2018 In the past, he's written about topics ranging from the legacy of the Fortran coding language to how Emmy Noether changed physics. Lee Phillips, Ars Technica, "Turbulence, the oldest unsolved problem in physics," 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of topic

circa 1569, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of topic was circa 1569

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topic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of topic

: someone or something that people talk or write about

topic

noun
top·​ic | \ ˈtä-pik \

Kids Definition of topic

: 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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