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


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


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.


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

After publication of this article, spokespeople for Facebook and the research group said Mr. King had misspoken. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Facebook Gives Researchers ‘Full Access’ for Election Studies," 13 July 2018 The article, written six years before Trump announced his bid for the White House, will likely now take center stage during confirmation hearings. Brian Bennett, Time, "How Brett Kavanaugh Could Change the Supreme Court—and America," 12 July 2018 Polar, which pulled its map feature in response to the article, has accepted partial responsibility for the situation. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Fitness App Reveals Top Secret Military Movements," 9 July 2018 The Washington Post article, published Friday, said that the suspensions could have some impact on the company's tally of monthly active users, a key growth metric that is closely monitored by Wall Street investors. Washington Post,, "Twitter's stock slides after report of fake-account purge," 9 July 2018 The factors that favor kale, which is like the ratio of shares after reading to shares before reading, time spent reading an article, those things matter less, and the impulse stuff matters more. Nicholas Thompson, WIRED, "How Facebook Checks Facts and Polices Hate Speech," 6 July 2018 According to a 2015 Charlotte Observer profile article, Werany, a native of Middletown, New York, moved to the Queen City in 1995 with his wife, Tara. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Hot dog! This Charlotte hot dog joint named best in the nation," 3 July 2018 Between caseloads sometimes as heavy as 23 a day, to giving presentations or writing articles, her schedule is full. Adiel Kaplan, miamiherald, "She struck down gay adoption ban and handled notorious juvenile cases. Now she's retiring.," 3 July 2018 Late last year, the Times published an article, by Brian M. Rosenthal, that took a hard look at East Side Access. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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,, "Coast to coast, voices are raised in anger and dismay," 21 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of article


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


1693, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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


see article entry 1

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The first known use of article was in the 13th century

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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



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.


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.



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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