top·​ic | \ ˈtä-pik How to pronounce topic (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web CBS News personality Gayle King is currently under fire for bringing up the rape allegations in an interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie, an exchange that earned a video diatribe from Snoop Dogg, and turned her briefly into a Twitter trending topic. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "African journalists analyze the U.S. elections," 8 Feb. 2020 Kindergartners must be able to write several sentences about a specific topic and draw a related picture, while pre-Common Core, they were only expected to draw a picture and write a single sentence. NBC News, "How play is making a comeback in kindergarten classrooms," 8 Feb. 2020 The hallowed halls of Cooperstown is a delicate topic within the Hamilton County confines with all-time hits leader Pete Rose on the outside looking in. Shelby Dermer,, "How much is your sports memorabilia worth? Items of these Cincinnati legends are the most valuable," 7 Feb. 2020 The packed stands of Miami's Hard Rock Stadium roared their approval, and several of Lovato's famous fans did the same -- and made her a trending topic in the process --on social media following the performance. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Lady Gaga's Applause, A. Rod's Cheers For J. Lo & More: Here Are the Best Reactions to the 2020 Super Bowl," 2 Feb. 2020 Over the next six months, however, coverage of Sanders’s record—and negative ad spending against him—returned as a topic of conversation. David Sessions, The New Republic, "The Eternally Unvetted Bernie Sanders," 28 Jan. 2020 The group, who was visibly becoming more and more intoxicated, later went on to play a series of boozy games — the last of which required both teams of brothers to create a pop song in five minutes after drawing a topic out of a hat. Claudia Harmata,, "The Jonas Brothers Went Day Drinking with Seth Meyers and Wrote a Hilarious New Song in 5 Minutes," 22 Jan. 2020 On Twitter, the hashtag #ILikeBernie became a top trending topic. New York Times, "‘Nobody Likes Him’: Hillary Clinton Risks a Party Split Over Bernie Sanders," 21 Jan. 2020 Devoting your whole ethics teams to dive deep on a few controversial topics or complex new products for a few months is useful to initially hone a methodology. Zvika Krieger, Wired, "A Practical Guide for Building Ethical Tech," 20 Jan. 2020

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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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18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Topic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce topic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of topic

: someone or something that people talk or write about


top·​ic | \ ˈtä-pik How to pronounce topic (audio) \

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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