article

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noun

ar·​ti·​cle ˈär-ti-kəl How to pronounce article (audio)
plural articles
1
a
: 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

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verb

articled; articling ˈär-ti-k(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce article (audio)

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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
McGarr did not return a phone message seeking comment for this article. The Arizona Republic, 21 Nov. 2022 For this article, experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab and more than 20 at-home testers tested 15 handheld and countertop milk frothers. Sarah Wharton, Good Housekeeping, 21 Nov. 2022 Information for this article was contributed by Julie Walker of The Associated Press. Arkansas Online, 20 Nov. 2022 Read full article More than 20 state attorneys general have initiated investigations, most of which are still underway. Ruth Graham, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Nov. 2022 The mail contained 99 general election ballots, according to the article. Hannah Hudnall, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2022 Representatives of Coinbase declined to comment for this article. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2022 Zatko declined to answer questions for this article. Kevin Collier, NBC News, 16 Nov. 2022 Musk did not respond to requests for comment for this article. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2022
Verb
Only articles with more than 25,000 engagements were considered; 80 made up the final list. NBC News, 29 Dec. 2019 Laurel Austin showed the police online articles about chlorine dioxide, including one from the Autism Research Institute, one of the first and most vocal organizations to push the discredited theory that vaccines cause autism. NBC News, 14 June 2019 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, 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, 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, 16 May 2018 This articled was updated with a report from Portland, Ore. Times Staff, latimes.com, 21 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, "item or statement (in a set of rules, doctrines, etc.), clause in a statute or will, item or detail of concern," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin articulus "connecting point of two bones, joint, part of a limb or digit between two joints, point of time, clause of a document, pronoun or pronominal adjective," from artus (genitive artūs) "joint, limb, part of the body" + -culus, diminutive suffix; Latin artus going back to Indo-European *h2r̥-tú- "joining" (zero-grade derivative of the verbal base *h2er- "fit, join"), whence also Greek artýs "order, arrangement" (recorded only by the grammarian Hesychius; from which Greek artýein "to arrange, prepare"), Armenian ard (genitive ardu) "order," Sanskrit ṛtúḥ "fixed time, order, rule," Avestan ratu- "period of time" — more at arm entry 3

Note: As a grammatical term Latin articulus was a translation of Greek árthron "connecting point, joint," which in the Stoic grammatical tradition designated both the pronoun (árthron hōrísmenon "definite article") and the article (árthron aóriston/aorístōdes "indefinite article," though Greek possessed only what is now considered a definite article in traditional grammar). In the later work of the grammarian Apollonius Dyscolus (2nd century a.d.) the pronoun was given a distinct term (antōnymía). The Roman grammarian quintilian clearly understood articulus to mean "article" in the current sense in stating that "our speech [i.e., Latin, in contrast with Greek] has no need of articles" ("noster sermo articulos non desiderat").

Verb

derivative of article entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1693, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near article

Cite this Entry

“Article.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/article. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

article

noun

ar·​ti·​cle
ˈärt-i-kəl
1
: a separate part of a document dealing with a single subject
the third article of the U.S. Constitution
2
: a piece of writing other than fiction or poetry that forms an independent part of a publication (as a magazine)
3
: a word (as a, an, or the) used with a noun to limit it or make it clearer
4
: a member of a class of things
articles of clothing

Legal Definition

article

noun

ar·​ti·​cle
1
a
: 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
3

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