Definition of article
< Middle English < Old French < Latin articulus ("a joint, limb, member, part, division, the article in grammar, a point of time"); prop. dominutive of artus ("a joint"), akin to Ancient Greek ἄρθρον (arthron), "joint, limb") < root *ar ("to fit, join"); see arm, art, etc.
- (RP) IPA: /ˈɑːtɪkəl/, SAMPA: /"A:tIk@l/
- (GenAm) IPA: /ˈɑɹtɪkl̩/, SAMPA: /"Ar\tIkl/
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- Rhymes: -ɑː(r)tɪkəl
article (plural articles)
- A story, report, or opinion piece in a newspaper, magazine, journal, internet etc.
- A member of a group or class
an article of clothing
- An object.
a sales article
- (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 en ending (e.g. definite article in Swedish) or there may be none (e.g. Finnish, Estonian).
- A section of a legal document, bylaws, etc.
- (derogatory) A person.
* 2001 August 4, Lynne Walker, "Classical: Musical portrait of the artist as a young man", The Independent:
"You dateless article," stormed his father, leaving Bennett to realise in his laconic way that he was, and probably always would be, a disappointment to Dad.
- (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.
- articled clerk
- definite article
- indefinite article
- article in Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- article in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- Alphagram: aceilrt
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