One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A matter dealt with in a text, discourse, or conversation; a subject.‘sleep deprivation became a frequent topic of conversation’
subject, subject matter, theme, issue, matter, point, talking point, question, concern, argument, discussion, thesis, text, concept, field, area, keynote, leitmotifView synonyms
- ‘The main topic of conversation on the doorstep was the European election campaign.’
- ‘Turn the top card of the draw pile and place it next to the draw pile to set the current topic and begin the conversation.’
- ‘I was talking to a Canadian guy last week and one of the topics of conversation was language.’
- ‘It was inevitable that it should be the topic of conversation as we ate in Pizza Express.’
- ‘The latest morale-boosting victory was the sole topic of conversation at the event.’
- ‘Talking about alcohol also provides an easy topic of conversation while getting drunk.’
- ‘Practically the only topic of conversation is the dreaded eviction and crowd reception.’
- ‘One of the topics of my lunch conversation with Ollie yesterday was Physics.’
- ‘Unfortunately, one of the topics of conversation was to be the new guy asleep in the corner.’
- ‘Good form, in fact, is not to try to initiate any topics of conversation yourself at all.’
- ‘His eating habits were also a topic of conversation amongst those who dined with him!’
- ‘Manar says this is a frequent topic of conversation at school following clashes.’
- ‘Whether or not it's going to snow tomorrow is the only topic of conversation today.’
- ‘Upon his favourite topic of discourse, it is said that he was quite unable to bear contradiction.’
- ‘Oh, this has been the main topic of conversation in emails flying back and forth this afternoon.’
- ‘Where to go on holiday, parenting advice and bad days at work are among the other hot topics of conversation.’
- ‘I never noticed it come up as a topic of conversation at work or with friends, either.’
- ‘Inevitably in dealing with such large topics some of the discussions are far too abbreviated.’
- ‘The conversation turns to other topics, but by that point I've drifted off into my own thoughts.’
- ‘For Edinburgh residents, a safe place to park the car became the main topic of conversation.’
- 1.1Linguistics That part of a sentence about which something is said, typically the first major constituent.
- ‘The reviewer is perforce required to deal with major themes and how topics within them are treated.’
- ‘First, the empty topic is in general a discourse rather than a sentence phenomenon.’
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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