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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

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

  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 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

Rhymes with article



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.

Full Definition of article

articledarticling \-k(ə-)liŋ\

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

Examples of article

  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

  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.>

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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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