[toh-pohs, ‐pos]

noun, plural to·poi [toh-poi] /ˈtoʊ pɔɪ/.

a convention or motif, especially in a literary work; a rhetorical convention.

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. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for topos


noun plural -oi (-ɔɪ)

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 topos

1948, from Greek topos, literally "place."

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