top·​ic ˈtä-pik How to pronounce topic (audio)
: the subject of a discourse or of a section of a discourse
: a heading in an outlined argument or exposition
: one of the general forms of argument employed in probable reasoning

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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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

Time Traveler
The first known use of topic was circa 1569

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Cite this Entry

“Topic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


top·​ic ˈtäp-ik How to pronounce topic (audio)
: a heading in an outline of a subject or explanation
: the subject or a section of a subject (as of a speech or a report)

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