article

noun
ar·​ti·​cle | \ ˈär-ti-kəl How to pronounce article (audio) \
plural articles

Essential Meaning of article

1 : a piece of writing about a particular subject that is included in a magazine, newspaper, etc. a magazine/newspaper article I just read an interesting article on/about the city's early history. See More ExamplesHe has published numerous articles in scholarly journals. an encyclopedia articleHide
2 : a particular kind of object an article [=piece] of clothing domestic/household articles articles [=pieces] of furniture
3 : a separate part of a legal document that deals with a single subject Article 3 of the U.S. Constitution The company amended its articles of incorporation.

Full 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 article (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

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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 For our print publication readers, find this article at courier-journal.com and cast your vote in our online poll. Gabriel Stovall, The Courier-Journal, 4 Oct. 2021 Tacos came about, the story goes, likely from Mexican silver miners in the 18th century, according to a smithsonianmag.com article. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 4 Oct. 2021 Perhaps that’s why a 2017 Economist article dubbed data the world’s most valuable resource. Mark A. Cohen, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 With greenflation in mind, take a look at this article by Jeremy Warner in the Daily Telegraph. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 3 Oct. 2021 This article is meant to be educational in nature and isn't a substitute for actual medical or treatment advice from a licensed professional. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 3 Oct. 2021 Rolling Stone ran a long article of mine debunking the heterosexual breakout, and Mr. Fumento’s arguments were featured in leading newspapers and in both liberal and conservative magazines. John Tierney, WSJ, 3 Oct. 2021 Grimes captioned a screenshot of a New York Post article about the images in question. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, 3 Oct. 2021 This article was excerpted from Ed Yong’s introduction in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2021. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 2 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: 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

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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, "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

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

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“Article.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/article. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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