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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: Topica 'Topics', book by the ancient Greek thinker Aristotle, from Greek Topika, from topikos 'of a place, of a useful quotation', from topos 'place, useful quotation'

topic

noun
     
top‧ic W2 [countable]
a subject that people talk or write about:
The environment is a popular topic these days.
topic of
We shall return to the topic of education in Chapter 7.
topic of conversation/debate etc
The wedding has been the only topic of conversation for weeks.
The main topic for discussion will be the proposed new supermarket.

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