Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating

topic sentence

or topical sentence

a sentence that expresses the essential idea of a paragraph or larger section, usually appearing at the beginning.
Origin of topic sentence
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for topical-sentence

topic sentence

a sentence in a paragraph that expresses the main idea or point of the whole paragraph
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
topical-sentence in Culture

topic sentence definition

The main sentence in a paragraph, often the first sentence. It briefly conveys the essential idea of the paragraph.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for topical

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for topical-sentence