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[ toh-pohs, ‐pos ]
/ ˈtoʊ poʊs, ‐pɒs /

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

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

Nearby words

topolski, toponarcosis, toponym, toponymic, toponymy, topos, topotype, topper, toppie, topping, topping lift

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


/ (ˈtɒpɒs) /

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper