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

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Laura, a 2018 graduate of River Hill High School, and a soon to be freshman at University of Maryland Baltimore campus, created an informational brochure and a video on the topic of emergency preparedness. Lisa Peklo, Howard County Times, "Third-generation Gold Award recipient among Scouts [West Friendship]," 12 July 2018 Some Reddit users were not excited about the color choice, according to a thread on the topic. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Clark Memorial Bridge gets a fresh coat of buttery yellow paint," 9 July 2018 More than 60 stakeholders from across the women’s basketball landscape got together Wednesday hours before the WNBA draft to discuss a variety of topics critical to the sport. Doug Feinberg, The Seattle Times, "Women’s basketball stakeholders gather before WNBA draft," 12 Apr. 2019 The site has long played host to a variety of beauty topics, but those pockets were relatively quiet until early 2018. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "A Comprehensive Guide to the SkincareAddiction Subreddit," 5 Apr. 2019 During a dramatic and partisan hearing Wednesday, President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen testified on a range of topics. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "House Panel Requests Documents From Associates of Trump," 4 Mar. 2019 In a new interview with PORTER magazine, Gisele Bündchen has finally opened up about a plethora of topics—from her incredible career as a Victoria's Secret model, to what life is like with her husband Tom Brady. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gisele Bündchen Just Revealed Why She Broke Up with Leonardo DiCaprio," 1 Feb. 2019 The discussion thread touched on a number of topics, including the ways in which the Internet gives new life to conspiracy theories and allows adherents of said theories to organize around them. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Talk amongst yourselves: 2018’s most-commented stories on Ars," 24 Dec. 2018 And with 50th-birthday well wishes overflowing on social media Saturday, the topic of his mind-boggling agelessness inevitably came up again. Marci Robin, Allure, "Paul Rudd Just Turned 50 and Still Looks Exactly the Same as He Did in the ‘90s," 7 Apr. 2019

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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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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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