Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) the subject matter of a conversation or discussion
    it was a very sensitive topic
    his letters were always on the theme of love
  2. (noun, cognition) some situation or event that is thought about
    he had been thinking about the subject for several years
    it is a matter for the police

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Synonyms of Topic

issue, matter, subject, theme

Origin of the word Topic

  1. 1634, "argument suitable for debate," singular form of "Topics" (1568), the name of a work by Aristotle on logical and rhetorical generalities, from L. Topica, from Gk. Ta Topika, lit. "matters concerning topoi," from topoi "commonplaces," neut. pl. of topikos "commonplace, of a place," from topos "place." The meaning "matter tre… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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