Etymology
Advertisement

topos (n.)

"literary theme," 1948, from Greek topos, literally "place, region, space," also "subject of a speech," a word of uncertain origin. "The broad semantic range renders etymologizing difficult" [Beekes].

Others are reading

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of topos

topos (n.)
a traditional theme or motif or literary convention;
James Joyce uses the topos of the Wandering Jew in his Ulysses
From wordnet.princeton.edu