topos

[toh-pohs, ‐pos]

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

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

Nearby words

  1. topolski,
  2. toponarcosis,
  3. toponym,
  4. toponymic,
  5. toponymy,
  6. topotype,
  7. topper,
  8. toppie,
  9. topping,
  10. topping lift

Origin of topos

First recorded in 1935–40, topos is from the Greek word (koinós) tópos ‘(common) place’

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British Dictionary definitions for topos

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

topos

n.

1948, from Greek topos, literally "place."

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