to·​pos ˈtō-ˌpäs How to pronounce topos (audio)
plural topoi ˈtō-ˌpȯi How to pronounce topos (audio)
: a traditional or conventional literary or rhetorical theme or topic

Examples of topos in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Study topos and find areas where no roads are present. Outdoor Life, 19 Nov. 2019 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, 11 Mar. 2020

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Word History


Greek, short for koinos topos, literally, common place

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of topos was in 1936

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“Topos.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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