topos

noun
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

First Known Use of topos

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for topos

Greek, short for koinos topos, literally, common place

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about topos

Dictionary Entries near topos

toponym

toponymic

toponymy

topos

topotaxis

topotype

top out

Statistics for topos

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for topos

The first known use of topos was in 1936

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on topos

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with topos

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about topos

Comments on topos

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

WORD OF THE DAY

the range of authority or knowledge

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

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!