- a 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.
- an individual object, member, or portion of a class; an item or particular: an article of food; articles of clothing.
- something of indefinite character or description: What is that article?
- an item for sale; commodity.
- Grammar. any member of a small class of words, or, as in Swedish or Romanian, 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.
- a 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.
- a separate clause or provision of a statute.
- Slang. a person.
- Archaic. a subject or matter of interest, thought, business, etc.
- Obsolete. a specific or critical point of time; juncture or moment: the article of death.
- to set forth in articles; charge or accuse specifically: They articled his alleged crimes.
- to bind by articles of covenant or stipulation: to article an apprentice.
Origin of article
Related Words for articlespiece, essay, story, column, feature, item, paper, editorial, commentary, chapter, clause, detail, passage, provision, paragraph, substance, commodity, thing, thingamajig, unit
Examples from the Web for articles
Contemporary Examples of articles
It upsets me because I used to really, and still do sometimes, love the articles Salon writes.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire
January 6, 2015
The author of two books and dozens of articles about grizzlies, he is a grequent visitor in high school and college classrooms.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
What the articles failed to mention was that it is only the extremely rich who were not benefiting from these policies.What Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff Can Teach Hillary Clinton
October 29, 2014
“I want to meet with them,” Ponomarev said, pointing out that he is a reader of The Nation and often agrees with its articles.The Bolshevik Who Thinks ‘The Nation’ Is Too Left Wing
October 26, 2014
The total number of articles was 30 million, with 4.4 million in the English-language edition.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
Historical Examples of articles
It was formed, in fact, by the Articles of Association in 1774.
We think there can be no room for objection to any of the articles.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
John used to call our attention to your articles during the war.
His articles had been typewritten and she had never seen his handwriting.
She opened the blue chest, and packed the articles hastily within.Tiverton Tales
- one of a class of objects; iteman article of clothing
- an unspecified or previously named thing, esp a small objecthe put the article on the table
- a distinct part of a subject or action
- a written composition on a subject, often being one of several found in a magazine, newspaper, etc
- grammar 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 occursSee also definite article, indefinite article
- a clause or section in a written document such as a treaty, contract, statute, etc
- in articles formerly, undergoing training, according to the terms of a written contract, in the legal profession
- (often capital) Christianity See article of faith, Thirty-nine Articles
- archaic a topic or subject
- archaic to accuse
Word Origin for article
c.1200, "separate parts of anything written" (e.g. the statements in the Apostles' Creed, the clauses of a statute or contract), from Old French article (13c.), from Latin articulus, diminutive of artus "a joint" (from PIE *ar-tu-, from *ar- "to fit together;" (see arm (n.1)).
Meaning extended to "a small division," then generalized to "item, thing." Older sense preserved in Articles of War "military regulations" (1716) and Articles of Confederation (U.S. history). Meaning "literary composition in a journal, etc." (independent, but part of a larger work) first recorded 1712. Meaning "piece of property" (clothing, etc.) first attested 1796, originally in rogue's cant.