Definition of article in English:



  • 1A particular item or object.

    ‘small household articles’
    ‘articles of clothing’
    • ‘All the articles had no producer's name or manufacturing date.’
    • ‘Once upon a time, those artefacts were merely gift articles.’
    • ‘Valuables in the house were missing and household articles were found lying scattered.’
    • ‘The lien may be claimed and maintained so long as the article remains in the possession of the lien claimant.’
    • ‘Two male guards make me remove various articles of clothing.’
    • ‘The principal machine was capable of ironing 3,000 articles of clothing per day.’
    • ‘By and large such shavers are seen as a single type of commercial article.’
    • ‘Every article of clothing reeks of foul-smelling smoke and those that cannot easily be washed have to be hung outside for days.’
    • ‘Inside are a few photographs of Dr. Kalam, some furniture, other household articles and a visitor's book.’
    • ‘At the end of the recent successful Summer Camp there were a number of articles of clothing left behind by participants.’
    • ‘From household articles to children's toys and leather products to paper creations, there are products for every purse and taste.’
    • ‘The training activities for women will be expanded from tailoring to beautician training, and the repair of household articles.’
    • ‘It was only when an inquiry committee asked her to produce the said articles as evidence, that Apte realized her error in trusting the director.’
    • ‘They try to make it lucrative enough for the artisans, so that they will be able to make a living out of producing articles for the market, right round the year.’
    • ‘We also know that articles of clothing have already been found in a canyon and have been seized.’
    • ‘We were surprised to see photographs and letters tucked into zip-locked bags and many coins and tiny articles of clothing fastened to the stones around the well.’
    • ‘Neighbours heard a commotion shortly after midnight and watched as police removed articles of clothing from the boot of the man's car.’
    • ‘It's a rare display of fascinating articles produced by master craftsmen.’
    • ‘Sanjiv and his parents had demanded Rs 50,000, household articles and clothes as dowry.’
    • ‘Under section 139, it is for the prosecution to prove that the defendant knowingly had the offending article in his possession.’
    • ‘Now in Canada, authorities are investigating the loss or theft of more than 1,000 articles of clothing that are part of the uniform worn by airport screeners.’
    object, thing, item, unit, artefact, piece of merchandise, commodity, product
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  • 2A piece of writing included with others in a newspaper, magazine, or other publication.

    ‘an article about middle-aged executives’
    • ‘Abi will also continue to run the Bookweb, where she presents instructional articles on the craft of bookbinding.’
    • ‘The Federalists passed the Sedition Act and John Adams used it to imprison newspaper columnists who wrote articles critical of his administration.’
    • ‘Week after week for more than three years The New Australian doggedly produced a stream of articles challenging the left on every intellectual level.’
    • ‘As happens so often in newspaper articles, the Times reporter quoted your conclusion without conveying any hint of the grounds for it.’
    • ‘Her one-sided piece is written purely from newspaper reports and magazine articles.’
    • ‘In my class, instead of the typical reading and writing assignments we read newspaper and magazine articles, and wrote letters to the editor.’
    • ‘I also tear out newspaper and magazine articles and keep them on hand, as they easily fit in my purse and I can toss them when I'm done reading.’
    • ‘As each year draws to a close, many newspaper and magazine articles offer basic year-end tax planning ideas.’
    • ‘It was the lead on the television news and was reported in prominent front-page articles in most newspapers.’
    • ‘Book proposals must include plans to write companion magazine and newspaper articles.’
    • ‘I've been writing newspaper and magazine articles for over 40 years.’
    • ‘After working as an unskilled laborer, he began writing newspaper articles and short fiction.’
    • ‘The following is an article about our unit that was published in the Dallas Morning News.’
    • ‘We have all seen countless articles in newspapers and magazines discussing the subject.’
    • ‘Newspaper and magazine articles about the medical risks and economic consequences of obesity abound.’
    • ‘Because it was such a sensational crime in 1955, there were lots of newspaper and magazine articles written about it.’
    • ‘A number of players employed ghost writers, who in turn, produced articles which were not actually correct.’
    • ‘He writes articles for newspapers and magazines on travel, scuba diving, underwater photography and heritage photography.’
    • ‘Unlike stories written for newspapers and magazines, articles on the Web stick around much longer.’
    • ‘She previously worked as a reporter for a sports news agency, supplying newspapers and magazines with articles.’
    essay, report, account, story, write-up, feature, item, composition, column, paper, tract, study, review, commentary, treatise, analysis, disquisition, discourse
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  • 3A separate clause or paragraph of a legal document or agreement, typically one outlining a single rule or regulation.

    ‘it is an offence under Article 7 of the Treaty’
    • ‘The same issue could arise under article 2, paragraph 1, of the Covenant.’
    • ‘‘What we need to do is to revoke those articles as it is also a legal fact that those articles remain valid in our positive law,’ he underlined.’
    • ‘The minority will be restricted to their rights under the articles, unless some further informal agreement outside the articles can be found.’
    • ‘It is a mistake to reduce the reform process in Egypt to the amendment of a single article of the constitution.’
    • ‘The other paragraphs of article IX.4 dealt with the position where the vessel could not be returned to the builder.’
    • ‘Therefore, the premier certainly has the right to veto single articles of a bill in accordance with the law of Taiwan, although this issue has been debated for over a century in the US.’
    • ‘Does article 105 of the Regulation have any application in the present case?’
    • ‘These powers have in fact become entrenched in the articles of agreement of the WTO.’
    • ‘Rule 2 of article IV lists a number of things for which the carrier is not responsible.’
    • ‘Its liability under the policies which it issues is limited to its assets and no claim can be made on members of the Society under or in respect of any policy, by virtue of regulation 4 of its articles of association.’
    • ‘The objections focused on specific articles or clauses.’
    • ‘The Group approved twenty-two articles stating legal principles which have been referred to throughout this work.’
    • ‘Hence policy-makers have to choose carefully between treaty articles in determining which legal base to use, and to consider carefully which kind of legislation to make.’
    • ‘For my part, I am not at all sure that in its original form the document was incompatible with article 43.’
    • ‘In 22 articles with 138 clauses, the FIA has laid down in minute detail exactly how the cars should be designed.’
    • ‘139 It should be emphasised that the enumeration of the first paragraph of article 15 is by way of example.’
    • ‘Upon first reading it, many of the articles and clauses sounded very familiar.’
    • ‘It concerns the relationship between the two paragraphs of article 8.’
    • ‘Prominent amongst these was the fact that the Commission had found simply that the agreement was in breach of the article.’
    • ‘These two different approaches draw on two separate articles in the 1951 Refugee Convention.’
    clause, section, subsection, point, item, paragraph, division, subdivision, heading, part, bit, passage, portion, segment
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  • 4British A period of training with a firm as a solicitor, architect, surveyor, or accountant.

    ‘he is already in articles’
    ‘it may be worth taking articles in a specialized firm’
    • ‘He graduated with a B.Proc and then an LLB from the University of Transkei, taking evening courses so that he could do his articles at the Unitra legal aid clinic during the day.’
    1. 4.1The terms on which crew members take service on a ship.
      • ‘It is necessary therefore to refer to the terms of articles VI and VII of the contract.’
  • 5Grammar
    The definite or indefinite article.

    See also determiner
    • ‘English is the only Indo-European language in Europe with no gender marking on articles or nouns - ever notice that?’
    • ‘Literally translated into English, without articles, definite or indefinite, it becomes ‘return home occasional book’.’
    • ‘Also, the children almost never used prepositions, articles, conjunctions, and other ‘function’ words.’
    • ‘What I do distinctly recall is the labor of pushing around nouns, verbs, adjectives, articles.’
    • ‘Again, in accordance with the structural account, it seems that the correct use of the lowercase d as initial letter in articles, even if it is enlarged, is diagnostic of word class.’


  • Bind (a trainee solicitor, architect, surveyor, or accountant) to undergo a period of training with a firm in order to become qualified.

    ‘he was articled to a firm of solicitors in York’
    • ‘He was articled to the Gothic Revivalist architect Edward Willson, in Lincoln, leaving after three years to become a painter.’
    • ‘The son of a clergyman, he was a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral and was subsequently articled to the organist there.’
    • ‘Both were English-born sons of a French immigrant father or grandfather, and both had a privileged education and were articled to an established civil engineer.’
    • ‘So she took a law degree at Hull University, went on to York College of Law and was articled to Ashworth Tetlow & Co in York.’
    • ‘He was articled to the architect G. E. Street, and in 1858 worked with Rossetti, Burne-Jones, and others on the frescos in the Oxford Union.’
    • ‘On his return he was articled to the solicitor N. D. Stenhouse, who was at the centre of Sydney's literary community.’
    • ‘Mr Williams, who was educated in Wakefield and graduated from Kings College, London, was articled in Oldham and qualified as a solicitor in 1961.’
    • ‘The cost of teaching young lawyers and articling students is not a cost which should necessarily be passed on to clients.’
    • ‘A graduate of York College of Law, Mr Corrie was articled for three years and worked for a number of firms, specialising in traffic accident casework.’
    • ‘Dickens was not articled, but worked as a humble ‘writing clerk’, a position which did not necessarily promise a radiant future in the legal profession.’
    • ‘That same year Ernest Gimson was articled to a local architect.’
    • ‘In March 1868 he was articled to Samuel Way and at the age of twenty-three admitted to practice law at the South Australian Bar.’


  • an article of faith

    • A firmly held belief.

      ‘it was an article of faith with this circle that women must free themselves’
      • ‘Their conviction rests on seven articles of faith, carefully passed from person to person at all levels of the black community.’
      • ‘One of the ironies of multiculturalism is its inconsistency with the other tenets of the liberal articles of faith, such as feminism.’
      • ‘My experience is that the two propositions set forth in the preceding paragraph are articles of faith among this crowd.’
      • ‘It's become an article of faith among environmentalists, the idea of the Ecological Indian.’
      • ‘A creed is meant to summarize the explicit teachings or articles of faith, to imbed and thus protect and transmit the beliefs.’
      principle, belief, doctrine, precept, creed, credo, article of faith, dogma, canon, rule
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  • article of virtu

  • the finished article

    • Something that is complete and ready for use.

      ‘the ground is beginning to look like the finished article’
      • ‘Every child had a hand in either designing or painting the finished article, made possible through support from the York Community Pride Challenge Fund and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.’
      • ‘Jason was outstanding then, and although he would be the first to acknowledge that he is not yet the finished article, I have no doubt that he can go on to become it.’
      • ‘He said he would like to come back and see the finished article, and we will certainly be inviting him to do that.’
      • ‘You may not be able to see the finished article until later but when you do it is exactly what you wanted.’
      • ‘The superimposed computer-generated image above shows what the finished article might look like. Plans and drawings are included in the price.’
  • the genuine article

    • A person or thing considered to be an authentic and excellent example of their kind.

      ‘he recognized the genuine article when he saw it’
      • ‘However, if one mark of the true artist is the willingness to take risks and to venture into uncharted territory, then Churchill is the genuine article.’
      • ‘On Tuesday, the restaurants that have passed the trading standards test were granted membership to the Surrey Curry Club, which will endorse their food as being the genuine article.’
      • ‘He said: ‘The public has the right to know that what they buy is the genuine article.’’
      • ‘Janice and Alison go to great lengths to ensure they sell the genuine article, which comes with a certificate of authenticity.’
      • ‘Before Reverend Horton Heat even settles into answering questions, you quickly realize that he is the genuine article.’


Middle English (denoting a separate clause of the Apostles' Creed): from Old French, from Latin articulus small connecting part, diminutive of artus joint.