• (RP) IPA: /ˈtɒpɪk/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈtɑpɪk/


  1. topical

topic (plural topics)

  1. Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.
    A society where a topic cannot be discussed, does not have free speech.
  2. (Internet) Discussion thread.
  3. (music) A musical sign intended to suggest a particular style or genre.
    • 2012, Esti Sheinberg, Music Semiotics (page 9)
      In Peircean terms, topics are interpretants: signifieds that become new signifiers in the endless semiotic chain of interpretations.
  4. (obsolete) An argument or reason.
    • contumacious persons, who are not to be fixed by any principles, whom no topics can work upon
  5. (obsolete, medicine) An external local application or remedy, such as a plaster, a blister, etc.
  • (area of interest) subject, subject area

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