Definition of topos noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

topos

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈtɒpɒs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtoʊpɑːs//
 
, NAmE//ˈtɑːpɑːs//
 
(pl. topoi
BrE BrE//ˈtɒpɔɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtoʊpɔɪ//
 
, NAmE//ˈtɑːpɔɪ//
 
)
(specialist)
 
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a traditional subject or idea in literature Word Origin 1940s: from Greek, literally ‘place’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: topos