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noun ar·ti·cle \ˈär-ti-kəl\

Simple Definition of article

  • : a piece of writing about a particular subject that is included in a magazine, newspaper, etc.

  • : a particular kind of object

  • : a separate part of a legal document that deals with a single subject

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of article

  1. 1 a :  a distinct often numbered section of a writing b :  a separate clause c :  a stipulation in a document (as a contract or a creed) <articles of indenture> d :  a nonfictional prose composition usually forming an independent part of a publication (as a magazine)

  2. 2 :  an item of business :  matter

  3. 3 :  any of a small set of words or affixes (as a, an, and the) used with nouns to limit or give definiteness to the application

  4. 4 :  a member of a class of things; especially :  an item of goods <articles of value>

  5. 5 :  a thing or person of a particular and distinctive kind or class <the genuine article>

Examples of article in a sentence

  1. I just read an interesting article on the city's early history.

  2. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals.

  3. Article 3 of the U.S. Constitution.

  4. The company amended its articles of incorporation.

Origin and Etymology of article

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin articulus joint, division, diminutive of artus joint, limb; akin to Greek arariskein to fit — more at arm

First Known Use: 13th century



verb ar·ti·cle

Simple Definition of article

  • : to work for a group of lawyers, architects, etc., while you are learning to become a lawyer, architect, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of article



  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to bind by articles (as of apprenticeship)

Examples of article in a sentence

  1. He articled at the famous law firm many years ago.


First Known Use of article


ARTICLE Defined for Kids


noun ar·ti·cle \ˈär-ti-kəl\

Definition of article for Students

  1. 1 :  a piece of writing other than fiction or poetry that forms a separate part of a publication (as a magazine or newspaper)

  2. 2 :  one of a class of things <articles of clothing>

  3. 3 :  a word (as a, an, or the) used with a noun to limit it or make it clearer

  4. 4 :  a separate part of a document <The first article of the Constitution of the United States creates the legislative branch.>

Law Dictionary


noun ar·ti·cle

Legal Definition of article

  1. 1a :  a separate and usually numbered or otherwise marked section (as of a statute, indictment, will, or other writing) b :  a separate point, charge, count, or clause c :  a condition or stipulation in a document (as a contract)

  2. 2 :  a document setting forth the terms of an agreement —usually used in plural <articles of merger>

  3. 3 pl :  articles of incorporation

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