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From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin articulus (a joint, limb, member, part, division, the article in grammar, a point of time); prop. diminutive of artus (a joint), akin to Ancient Greek ἄρθρον (árthron, joint, limb), from root *ar (to fit, join); see arm, art, etc.

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article (plural articles)

  1. A part or segment of something joined to other parts, or, in combination, forming a structured set.
    Each of the chelicerae is composed of two articles, forming a powerful pincer.
    The Articles of War are a set of regulations [] to govern the conduct of [] military [] forces
    • Paley
      upon each article of human duty
    • Habington
      each article of time
    • E. Darwin
      the articles which compose the blood
  2. A story, report, or opinion piece in a newspaper, magazine, journal, etc.
    • 2012 March 1, Lee A. Groat, “Gemstones”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 128: 
      Although there are dozens of different types of gems, among the best known and most important are [] . (Common gem materials not addressed in this article include amber, amethyst, chalcedony, garnet, lazurite, malachite, opals, peridot, rhodonite, spinel, tourmaline, turquoise and zircon.)
  3. A member of a group or class
    an article of clothing
  4. An object.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 12, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      There were many wooden chairs for the bulk of his visitors, and two wicker armchairs with red cloth cushions for superior people. From the packing-cases had emerged some Indian clubs, […], and all these articles […] made a scattered and untidy decoration that Mrs. Clough assiduously dusted and greatly cherished.
    a sales article
  5. (grammar) 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 an ending (e.g. definite article in Swedish) or there may be none (e.g. Russian, Pashto).
  6. A section of a legal document, bylaws, etc.
  7. (derogatory) A person.
  8. (obsolete, slang) 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. (dated) Subject matter; concern.
    • Addison
      a very great revolution that happened in this article of good breeding
    • Daniel Defoe
      This last article will hardly be believed.
  10. (dated) A distinct part.
  11. (obsolete) A precise point in time; a moment.
    • Evelyn
      This fatal news coming to Hick's Hall upon the article of my Lord Russell's trial, was said to have had no little influence on the jury and all the bench to his prejudice.

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article (third-person singular simple present articles, present participle articling, simple past and past participle articled)

  1. (transitive) To bind by articles of apprenticeship.
    to article an apprentice to a mechanic
    • 1876, Sabine Baring-Gould, The Vicar of Morwenstow, Chapter LIV
      When the boy left school at Liskeard, he was articled to a lawyer, Mr. Jacobson, at Plymouth, a wealthy man in good practice, first cousin to his mother; but this sort of profession did not at all approve itself to Robert's taste, and he only remained with Mr. Jacobson a few months.
  2. (obsolete) To accuse or charge by an exhibition of articles or accusations.
    • 1665, Samuel Pepys, Diary, March 1665
      At noon dined alone with Sir W. Batten, where great discourse of Sir W. Pen, Sir W. Batten being, I perceive, quite out of love with him, thinking him too great and too high, and began to talk that the world do question his courage, upon which I told him plainly I have been told that he was articled against for it, and that Sir H. Vane was his great friend therein.
    • Stat. 33 Geo. III
      He shall be articled against in the high court of admiralty.
  3. To formulate in articles; to set forth in distinct particulars.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      If all his errors and follies were articled against him, the man would seem vicious and miserable.

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin articulus.

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article m (plural articles)

  1. (grammar) article

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin articulus.

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article m (plural articles)

  1. article
  2. joint, articulation
  3. (Canada) section (of a law)

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