Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin subjectus, from subicere 'to put under your control', from jacere 'to throw'


1 noun
sub‧ject1 S2 W2 [countable]

thing talked about

the thing you are talking about or considering in a conversation, discussion, book, film etcCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
change the subject (=start talking about something different) get onto a subject (=start talking about something) get off a subject (=stop talking about something) keep/stay off a subject (=not talk about something) drop the subject (=stop talking about something) raise a subject (=mention a subject and start talking about it) broach a subject (=start talking about something that people may be sensitive about) on the subject of something (=talking about something) subject of discussion/debate also subject for discussion/debate touchy subject (=something people are sensitive about) subject area
Paul has strong opinions on most subjects.
The subjects covered in this chapter are exercise and nutrition.
subject of
Truffaut's childhood memories were the subject of his first film.
embarrassment about the subject of sex
Stop trying to change the subject!
How did we get onto the subject of drugs?
Can we just drop the subject now, please.
I wondered how I should broach the subject.
While we're on the subject of money, do you have the $10 you owe me?
Genetic engineering is very much a subject for debate.
You know money is a a touchy subject with me.
The discussion was broken up into subject areas.
! Do not say 'the subject is about ...': The subject of the book is war. | The film was about Egypt. subject matter

at school

SESSEC an area of knowledge that you study at a school or university:
My favourite subject is math.

in art

AVPTCP the thing or person that you show when you paint a picture, take a photograph etc:
Monet loved to use gardens as his subjects.

in a test

HB a person or animal that is used in a test or experiment:
The subjects of this experiment were all men aged 18-35.


SLG a noun, noun phrase, or pronoun that usually comes before a main verb and represents the person or thing that performs the action of the verb, or about which something is stated. For example,'She' in 'She hit John' or 'elephants' in 'Elephants are big'. object1 (6)


formalPGC someone who was born in a country that has a king or queen, or someone who has a right to live there:
a British subject