What does article mean?

Definitions for article
ˈɑr tɪ kəlar·ti·cle

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word article.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. articlenoun

    nonfictional prose forming an independent part of a publication

  2. articlenoun

    one of a class of artifacts

    "an article of clothing"

  3. article, clausenoun

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

  4. articleverb

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

  5. articleverb

    bind by a contract; especially for a training period


  1. articlenoun

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

  2. articlenoun

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

  3. articlenoun

    A member of a group or class

    an article of clothing

  4. articlenoun

    An object.

    a sales article

  5. articlenoun

    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. articlenoun

    A section of a legal document, bylaws, etc.

  7. articlenoun

    A person.

  8. articlenoun

    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. articleverb

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

  10. articleverb

    To bind by articles of apprenticeship.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ARTICLEnoun

    Etymology: articulus, Lat.

    Laws touching matters of order are changeable by the power of the church; articles concerning doctrine not so. Richard Hooker.

    Have the summary of all our griefs,
    When time shall serve to shew in articles. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Many believe the article of remission of sins, but believe it without the condition of repentance. We believe the article otherwise than God intended it. Jeremy Taylor, Holy Living.

    All the precepts, promises, and threatenings of the gospel will rise up in judgment against us; and the articles of our faith will be so many articles of accusation; and the great weight of our charge will be this, that we did not obey the gospel which we professed to believe; that we made confession of the christian faith, but lived like heathens. John Tillotson.

    You have small reason to repine upon that article of life. Jonathan Swift.

    I embrace these conditions; let us have articles between us. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    It would have gall’d his surly nature,
    Which easily endures not article,
    Tying him to aught. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    If Cansfield had not, in that article of time, given them that brisk charge, by which other troops were ready, the king himself had been in danger. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

  2. To Articleverb

    To draw up in particular articles.

    He, whose life seems fair, yet if all his errours and follies were articled against him, the man would seem vicious and miserable. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.

  3. To Articleverb

    To stipulate; to make terms.

    Etymology: from the noun article.

    Such in love’s warfare is my case,
    I may not article for grace,
    Having put love at last to show this face. John Donne.

    He had not infringed the least tittle of what was articled, that they aimed at one mark, and their ends were concentrick. James Howell, Vocal Forest.

    If it be said, God chose the successor, that is manifestly not so in the story of Jephtha, where he articled with the people, and they made him judge over them. John Locke.


  1. article

    An article is a piece of writing that is published either in a print or electronic medium. It discusses various topics, from news, research findings, reviews, and other subjects of interest. It can be a brief report or a detailed essay, written for a wide audience or for a specific group. In grammar, an article is a word that precedes a noun and indicates whether the noun refers to a specific or general item. There are two types: definite (the) and indefinite (a, an).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Articlenoun

    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. Articlenoun

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

  3. Articlenoun

    subject; matter; concern; distinct

  4. Articlenoun

    a distinct part

  5. Articlenoun

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

  6. Articlenoun

    precise point of time; moment

  7. Articlenoun

    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. Articlenoun

    one of the segments of an articulated appendage

  9. Articlenoun

    to formulate in articles; to set forth in distinct particulars

  10. Articlenoun

    to accuse or charge by an exhibition of articles

  11. Articlenoun

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

  12. Articleverb

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

  13. Etymology: [F., fr. L. articulus, dim. of artus joint, akin to Gr. , fr. a root ar to join, fit. See Art, n.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Article

    ärt′i-kl, n. a separate element, member, or part of anything: a particular substance: a single clause or term: a distinct point in an agreement, or an agreement looked at as complete, as in 'articles of apprenticeship,' &c.: rules or conditions generally: a section of any document: a literary composition in a journal, newspaper, encyclopædia, &c., treating of a subject distinctly and independently: (gram.) the name given to the adjectives the (definite article) and a or an (indefinite article).—v.t. to draw up or bind by articles: to indict, charge with specific accusations: bind by articles of apprenticeship.—adj. Artic′ular, belonging to the joints.—Articles of association, regulations for the business of a joint-stock company registered under the Companies Acts; Articles of faith, binding statement of points held by a particular Church; Articles of war, code of regulations for the government and discipline of the army and navy.—In the article of death (L. in articulo mortis), at the point of death.—Lords of the Articles, a standing committee of the Scottish parliament who drafted the measures to be submitted.—The Thirty-nine Articles, the articles of religious belief finally agreed upon by the entire bishops and clergy of the Church of England in 1562. [L. articulus, a little joint—artus, a joint.]

Editors Contribution

  1. article

    A specific element of a document, contract, treaty, constitution, law or legislation.

    The articles of association were easy, simple and accurate

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

  2. article

    A variety of communication, data, information, facts, proof, research and statistics to create intelligent, informed communication of current, proactive, positive and important things in life within a specific community, society, region, country, europe or internationally.

    The news articles help to create information, intelligence and positive, inspiring articles to inspire people for change.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 9, 2020  


  1. Article

    a joint or segment.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of article in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of article in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of article in a Sentence

  1. Ohio Gov. John Kasich:

    Today Nato should invoke article 5 of our NATO agreement, which basically says an attack on an ally is an attack on us and an attack on all of the Western world, we as Americans must assert leadership and we need to stand shoulder to shoulder with France and the French people.

  2. Regina Ip:

    Thereafter, Hong Kong Chinese who acquire a foreign nationality of their own free will, will be deemed to have lost Chinese nationality, in strict accordance with Article 9 of the Chinese Nationality Law, when they make a conscious decision to leave and, by implication, give up on Hong Kong, it is only right that they should be asked to make their choice -- China or a foreign country -- foreign citizenship or the right of abode and the right to vote in Hong Kong.

  3. Adam Mosseri:

    The issue of fake news on Facebook has been a hot topic for months, particularly during the recent U.S. presidential election. In one hoax article, for example, Pope Francis was falsely reported to have endorsed Donald Trump. FACEBOOK's' FAKE NEWS' HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR SOCIAL MEDIA REVAMP, EXPERTS SAY Facebook’s Trending Topics section also fell prey to some high-profile fake stories after the social network implemented an algorithmic feed this summer. These included a false article that Fox News had fired anchor Megyn Kelly and a hoax article about the Sept. 11 attacks. On another occasion a seemingly innocent hashtag that appeared in Trending Topics linked to an inappropriate video. The social network announced Thursday that it will make it easier for users to report fake news when they see it, which they can do by clicking the upper right hand corner of a post. If enough people report a story as fake, Facebook will pass it to third-party fact-checking organizations that are part of the nonprofit Poynter Institute's International Fact-Checking Network. Five fact-checking and news organizations are working with the company on this : The Associated Press, The Associated Press, FactCheck.org, Politifact and Snopes. Facebook says this group is likely to expand. FACEBOOK BLOCKS CAR INSURER FROM PROFILING USERS In his blog post, Adam Mosseri explained that if the fact-checking organizations identify a story as a fake, it will get flagged as disputed and there will be a link to a corresponding article explaining why. Stories that have been disputed may also appear lower in News Feed, he added. While users will still be able to share these stories, they will receive a warning that the story has been disputed. Additionally, once a story is flagged, it can not be made into an ad and promoted, according to Facebook. The Menlo Park, California-based firm will also be looking for signs that a story has misled people in some way, such as instances where people are significantly less likely to share a story after reading it. FACEBOOK EMPLOYEES FUME AFTER PUSH TO CENSOR TRUMP POSTS REBUFFED Facebook, which gave a preview of its anti-fake news strategy last month, is also looking to disrupt financial incentives for spammers. On the buying side we’ve eliminated the ability to spoof domains, which will reduce the prevalence of sites that pretend to be real publications.

  4. Brian Schatz:

    On behalf of the people who elected us, we must formalize and accelerate the impeachment process so that Congress, by exercising its responsibility under Article 1 of the Constitution, can provide some measure of accountability.

  5. Prince Sihanouk in a letter to Time magazine:

    As an anti-American, I thank you for your rotten article devoted to my person.

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