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ar•ti•cle /ˈɑrtɪkəl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Literaturea piece of writing appearing in a newspaper, etc.:She wrote a magazine article.
  2. any individual or particular member taken from a class or group of things:an article of clothing.
  3. a clause or part of an agreement, contract, or treaty:articles of confederation.
  4. Grammarone of a small class of words in English, a, an, and the, that are linked to nouns and that show whether the noun is definite or indefinite.Compare indefinite article.indefinitearticle'>definite article

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ar•ti•cle  (ärti kəl),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -cled, -cling. 
n. 
  1. Literaturea written composition in prose, usually nonfiction, on a specific topic, forming an independent part of a book or other publication, as a newspaper or magazine.
  2. an individual object, member, or portion of a class;
    an item or particular:an article of food; articles of clothing.
  3. something of indefinite character or description:What is that article?
  4. an item for sale;
    commodity.
  5. Grammarany member of a small class of words, or, as in Swedish or Rumanian, affixes, found in certain languages, as English, French, and Arabic, that are linked to nouns and that typically have a grammatical function identifying the noun as a noun rather than describing it. In English the definite article is the, the indefinite article is a or an, and their force is generally to impart specificity to the noun or to single out the referent from the class named by the noun.
  6. Lawa clause, item, point, or particular in a contract, treaty, or other formal agreement;
    a condition or stipulation in a contract or bargain:The lawyers disagreed on the article covering plagiarism suits.
  7. Lawa separate clause or provision of a statute.
  8. Slang Termsa person.
  9. [Archaic.]a subject or matter of interest, thought, business, etc.
  10. [Obs.]a specific or critical point of time;
    juncture or moment:the article of death.

v.t. 
  1. to set forth in articles;
    charge or accuse specifically:They articled his alleged crimes.
  2. to bind by articles of covenant or stipulation:to article an apprentice.
  • Anglo-French, Medieval Latin articulus article of faith, Latin: joint, limb, member, clause, grammatical article, equivalent. to arti- (combining form of artus joint; akin to arthro-, arm2) + -culus -cule1
  • Middle English 1200–50


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

article /ˈɑːtɪkəl/ n
  1. one of a class of objects; item
  2. an unspecified or previously named thing, esp a small object
  3. a written composition on a subject, often being one of several found in a magazine, newspaper, etc
  4. a kind of determiner, occurring in many languages including English, that lacks independent meaning but may serve to indicate the specificity of reference of the noun phrase with which it occurs
    See also definite article, indefinite article
  5. a clause or section in a written document such as a treaty, contract, statute, etc
  6. (often capital)
    See Thirty-nine Articles
vb (transitive)
  1. archaic to accuse
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French, from Latin articulus small joint, from artus joint



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