to·​pos | \ ˈtō-ˌpäs How to pronounce topos (audio) , ˈtä- \
plural topoi\ ˈtō-​ˌpȯi How to pronounce topoi (audio) , ˈtä-​ \

Definition of topos

: a traditional or conventional literary or rhetorical theme or topic

Examples of topos in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This inward pull relates to her sense of memory and place: all topics are topos, terrain, their meanings leaved in geologic strata. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Rebecca Solnit’s Memoir Is Much More Than a Feminist Manifesto," 11 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of topos

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for topos

Greek, short for koinos topos, literally, common place

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The first known use of topos was in 1936

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“Topos.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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