topic sentence

noun

Definition of topic sentence

  1. :  a sentence that states the main thought of a paragraph or of a larger unit of discourse and is usually placed at or near the beginning

1885

First Known Use of topic sentence

1885


TOPIC SENTENCE Defined for Kids

topic sentence

noun

Definition of topic sentence for Students

  1. :  a sentence that states the main thought of a paragraph


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up topic sentence? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a lively discussion

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!