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topic

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɒpɪk
 
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Definition of topic in English:

noun

1A matter dealt with in a text, discourse, or conversation; a subject: her favourite topic of conversation is her partner
More example sentences
  • Unfortunately, one of the topics of conversation was to be the new guy asleep in the corner.
  • The conversation turns to other topics, but by that point I've drifted off into my own thoughts.
  • Where to go on holiday, parenting advice and bad days at work are among the other hot topics of conversation.
Synonyms
1.1 Linguistics That part of a sentence about which something is said, typically the first major constituent.
Example sentences
  • First, the empty topic is in general a discourse rather than a sentence phenomenon.
  • The reviewer is perforce required to deal with major themes and how topics within them are treated.

Origin

late 15th century (originally denoting a set or book of general rules or ideas): from Latin topica, from Greek ta topika, literally 'matters concerning commonplaces' (the title of a treatise by Aristotle), from topos 'a place'.

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