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In the UK, COTTON CANDY is more commonly known as鈥

Origin of articulate

First recorded in 1530鈥40; from Latin articul膩tus, past participle of articul膩re 鈥渢o divide into distinct parts鈥; see origin at article, -ate1

synonym study for articulate

4. See eloquent.

historical usage of articulate

The English adjective articulate first appears in print in 1531 in the meaning 鈥渦ttered clearly and distinctly.鈥 The verb articulate first appears about 20 years later, in the sense 鈥渢o formulate in articles, set out, specify.鈥
Articulate comes from Latin articul膩tus, the past participle of articul膩re 鈥渢o divide into separate, distinct parts,鈥 a derivative of the noun articulus 鈥渏oint (of a body), point (of time), clause or section (of a contract or law), a single word in a phrase, clause, or sentence pronounced by itself, a pronoun or pronominal adjective, an article (definite or indefinite).鈥
As for the last definition, 鈥渁n article (definite or indefinite, such as the or a in English),鈥 the great, usually levelheaded Roman rhetorician Quintilian wrote Noster serm艒 articul艒s n艒n d膿s墨derat (鈥淥ur language does not desire articles鈥). Quintilian was contrasting Latin, which indeed had no articles, with Greek, which had a fully inflected definite article for all genders, numbers, and cases. Quintilian is proven wrong by the definite and indefinite articles in all the Romance languages.

OTHER WORDS FROM articulate

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How to use articulate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for articulate

articulate

adjective (蓱藧藞t瑟kj蕣l瑟t)
verb (蓱藧藞t瑟kj蕣藢le瑟t)

Derived forms of articulate

articulately, adverbarticulateness or articulacy, noun

Word Origin for articulate

C16: from Latin articul膩re to divide into joints; see article
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