Definitions for Articleˈɑr tɪ kəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ar•ti•cleˈɑr tɪ kəl(n.; v.)-cled, -cling.

  1. (n.)a factual piece of writing, usu. on a single topic, appearing in a newspaper, magazine, etc.

    Category: Literature

  2. an individual object, member, or portion of a class; item:

    an article of clothing.

  3. something of indefinite character or description.

  4. an item for sale; commodity.

  5. a member of a small class of words or affixes, as the words a, an, and the in English, that are linked to nouns and that typically function in identifying the noun as a noun and in indicating definiteness or indefiniteness of reference.

    Category: Grammar

    Ref: Compare definite article , indefinite article.

  6. a separate clause or section in a contract, treaty, statute, or other formal document.

    Category: Law

  7. (v.t.)to charge or accuse of specific offenses.

  8. to bind by the articles of a contract:

    to article an apprentice.

Origin of article:

1200–50; ME < AF, ML articulus article of faith, L: joint, member, clause, dim. of artus joint; see -cle1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. article(noun)

    nonfictional prose forming an independent part of a publication

  2. article(noun)

    one of a class of artifacts

    "an article of clothing"

  3. article, clause(noun)

    a separate section of a legal document (as a statute or contract or will)

  4. article(verb)

    (grammar) a determiner that may indicate the specificity of reference of a noun phrase

  5. article(verb)

    bind by a contract; especially for a training period

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. article(noun)ˈɑr tɪ kəl

    a piece of writing in newspaper, magazine, etc.

    a magazine article

  2. articleˈɑr tɪ kəl

    an object

    an article of clothing

  3. articleˈɑr tɪ kəl

    a word used before a noun

    "a," "an," and "the" are articles.


  1. article(Noun)

    A part or segment of something joined to other parts, or, in combination, forming a structured set.

  2. article(Noun)

    A story, report, or opinion piece in a newspaper, magazine, journal, internet etc.

  3. article(Noun)

    A member of a group or class

    an article of clothing

  4. article(Noun)

    An object.

    a sales article

  5. article(Noun)

    A part of speech that indicates, specifies and limits a noun (a, an, or the in English). In some languages the article may appear as en ending (e.g. definite article in Swedish) or there may be none (e.g. Finnish, Estonian).

  6. article(Noun)

    A section of a legal document, bylaws, etc.

  7. article(Noun)

    A person.

  8. article(Noun)

    A wench. A prime article. A handsome girl.

    She's a prime article (whip slang), she's a devilish good piece, a hell of a goer.

  9. article(Verb)

    To study or train to become qualified, especially in the legal profession.

  10. article(Verb)

    To bind by articles of apprenticeship.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Article(noun)

    a distinct portion of an instrument, discourse, literary work, or any other writing, consisting of two or more particulars, or treating of various topics; as, an article in the Constitution. Hence: A clause in a contract, system of regulations, treaty, or the like; a term, condition, or stipulation in a contract; a concise statement; as, articles of agreement

  2. Article(noun)

    a literary composition, forming an independent portion of a magazine, newspaper, or cyclopedia

  3. Article(noun)

    subject; matter; concern; distinct

  4. Article(noun)

    a distinct part

  5. Article(noun)

    a particular one of various things; as, an article of merchandise; salt is a necessary article

  6. Article(noun)

    precise point of time; moment

  7. Article(noun)

    one of the three words, a, an, the, used before nouns to limit or define their application. A (or an) is called the indefinite article, the the definite article

  8. Article(noun)

    one of the segments of an articulated appendage

  9. Article(noun)

    to formulate in articles; to set forth in distinct particulars

  10. Article(noun)

    to accuse or charge by an exhibition of articles

  11. Article(noun)

    to bind by articles of covenant or stipulation; as, to article an apprentice to a mechanic

  12. Article(verb)

    to agree by articles; to stipulate; to bargain; to covenant


  1. Article

    An article is a word that is used with a noun to indicate the type of reference being made by the noun. Articles specify the grammatical definiteness of the noun, in some languages extending to volume or numerical scope. The articles in the English language are the and a/an, and some. 'An' and 'a' are modern forms of the Old English 'an', which in Anglian dialects was the number 'one' and survived into Modern Scots as the number 'ane'. Both 'on' and 'an' survived into Modern English, with 'one' used as the number and 'an' as an indefinite article. Traditionally in English, an article is usually considered to be a type of adjective. In some languages, articles are a special part of speech, which cannot easily be combined with other parts of speech. It is also possible for articles to be part of another part of speech category such as a determiner, an English part of speech category that combines articles and demonstratives. In languages that employ articles, every common noun, with some exceptions, is expressed with a certain definiteness, just as many languages express every noun with a certain grammatical number. Every noun must be accompanied by the article, if any, corresponding to its definiteness, and the lack of an article itself specifies a certain definiteness. This is in contrast to other adjectives and determiners, which are typically optional. This obligatory nature of articles makes them among the most common words in many languages—in English, for example, the most frequent word is the.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Article' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1537

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Article' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2134

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Article' in Nouns Frequency: #465

Anagrams of Article

  1. recital

Translations for Article

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a thing or an object

This shop sells articles of all kinds; articles of clothing.

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