[toh-pohs, ‐pos]

Origin of topos

First recorded in 1935–40, topos is from the Greek word (koinós) tópos ‘(common) place’ Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for topoi

Historical Examples of topoi

  • Again, under the seventh head, that of melopoiia or composition, he treats of the 'regions of the voice' (topoi ts phns).

  • The text of this passage is uncertain; but the general character of the topoi or regions of the voice is clearly enough indicated.

British Dictionary definitions for topoi


noun plural -oi (-ɔɪ)
  1. a basic theme or concept, esp a stock topic in rhetoric

Word Origin for topos

C20: Greek, literally: place
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Word Origin and History for topoi



1948, from Greek topos, literally "place."

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