article

noun
ar·​ti·​cle | \ ˈär-ti-kəl How to pronounce article (audio) \
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\ ˈär-​ti-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce articling (audio) \

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

Wu and Lopez will star alongside each other in Hustlers, based on a New York Magazine article written by Jessica Pressler in December of 2015. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu Are Starring in 'Hustlers', a Movie About Savvy Former Strippers," 5 Feb. 2019 And according to a new report, the Palace weren't given much notice regarding the article's content. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Palace Reportedly Didn't Know Meghan Markle's Friends Were Talking to the Press," 9 Feb. 2019 Specifically, the Telegraph's follow-up says the original article incorrectly described Trump's father, Viktor Knavs. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "British Paper Agrees to Pay Melania Trump "Substantial Damages" Over "False Statements"," 28 Jan. 2019 According to the Times, orbiting in its current definition was coined by Anna Iovine in an article for Man Repeller. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, ""Orbiting" Is the New Breakup Habit That's Worse Than Ghosting," 11 Dec. 2018 The Mule Clint Eastwood stars in and directs this adaptation of a 2014 New York Times Magazine article about the Sinaloa Cartel’s then-90-year-old narcotics runner. Vogue, "Here’s What You Want to See in Movie Theaters This Holiday," 24 Dec. 2018 To learn more, follow us at HERE on Facebook and Instagram, and read relevant articles here. Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "Here's How To Follow "Seventeen" On All of Your Favorite Social Media Platforms," 19 Dec. 2018 Correction: An earlier version of this article misidentified Alex Rodriguez as a basketball player. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez Is Glad That She Didn't Meet Boyfriend Alex Rodriguez Earlier in Life," 8 Jan. 2019 Correction: An earlier version of this article mistakenly said Google is giving away a free copy of Assassin’s Creed Origins. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Google is giving away Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for free if you demo Project Stream," 18 Dec. 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 and Verb

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

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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)

British : 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 How to pronounce article (audio) \

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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