article

noun
ar·​ti·​cle | \ˈär-ti-kəl \
plural articles

Definition of article 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a distinct often numbered section of a writing an article of the constitution

b : a separate clause

c : a stipulation in a document (such as a contract or a creed) articles of indenture

d : a nonfictional prose composition usually forming an independent part of a publication (such as a magazine) wrote an article for the newspaper

e : a document setting forth the terms of an agreement usually plural The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved the certificate of filing of the articles of merger and plan of merger …— Ruby Anne M. Rubioarticles of consolidationarticles of incorporation

2 : an item of business : matter

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

4 : a member of a class of things especially : an item of goods articles of value

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

article

verb
articled; articling\-​k(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of article (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to bind by articles (as of apprenticeship) (see article entry 1 sense 1c) He went to Durham Grammar School, was articled to a solicitor in Newcastle at seventeen, moved to another firm in London at twenty …— T. J. Binyon

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Synonyms for article

Synonyms: Noun

composition, essay, paper, theme

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Examples of article in a Sentence

Noun

I just read an interesting article on the city's early history. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals. Article 3 of the U.S. Constitution. The company amended its articles of incorporation.

Verb

He articled at the famous law firm many years ago.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On Saturday, the Observer published an article describing a rather incredible caper that took place in the United Kingdom. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The UK’s inquiry into fake news is focused on a long-dead bikini-finding app," 27 Nov. 2018 This article has been updated with new information as of Wednesday, November 21. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "California Fires: What to Know If You're Visiting California This Week," 21 Nov. 2018 This article originally ran in the November/December 2018 issue of Redbook. Lindsey Benoit O'connell, Redbook, "Connie Britton Shares Her Rules for a Totally Chill Holiday Season," 29 Oct. 2018 After last week’s 100 hour work week comments, Kotaku followed up this week with an in-depth article based on over 80 interviews. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Alan Wake is back on sale after a 17 month absence, Layers of Fear 2 announced," 26 Oct. 2018 Warning: This article contains spoilers for the season premiere of The Conners. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "‘The Conners’ Fans Were Outraged by How the Show Killed Off Roseanne’s Character Last Night," 17 Oct. 2018 Correction: a previous version of this article incorrectly referred to Sen. Patty Murray as a member of the House of Representatives. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "House Democrats have a sweeping plan to protect millions of workers’ legal rights," 14 Nov. 2018 An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Mr. Johnson resigned as education minister. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "Brexit Negotiators Still at Odds, Leaving All Options Open," 13 Nov. 2018 Seattle Times reporter Agueda Pacheco-Flores contributed to this article. Matt Day, The Seattle Times, "Amazon shifts its sights to the East Coast," 13 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The redirect links were operated by a link-shortening service called Rebrandly and have since been taken down, but USA Really articles corresponding to the archived links are readily accessible. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Russian troll sites infiltrated Donald Trump subreddit as recently as this month," 24 Sep. 2018 Correction: June 4, 2018 An earlier version of this articled misidentified the president whom Michael Jordan skipped out on meeting. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Trump Abruptly Calls Off Philadelphia Eagles’ Visit to White House," 4 June 2018 Every week science journalists get a bunch of emails from various Respectable Scientific Journals telling us, in advance, what articles those journals are going to publish. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Scientists Are Subverting Formal Publication. Well, Some of Them.," 16 May 2018 This articled was updated with a report from Portland, Ore. Times Staff, latimes.com, "Coast to coast, voices are raised in anger and dismay," 21 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of article

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1693, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for article

Noun

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

Verb

see article entry 1

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article

noun

English Language Learners Definition of article

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

article

verb

English Language Learners Definition of article (Entry 2 of 2)

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

article

noun
ar·​ti·​cle | \ˈär-ti-kəl \

Kids Definition of article

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

2 : one of a class of things articles of clothing

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

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

article

noun
ar·​ti·​cle

Legal Definition of article 

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 : a document setting forth the terms of an agreement usually used in pl. articles of merger

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