Definition of article in US English:

article

noun

  • 1A particular item or object.

    ‘small household articles’
    ‘articles of clothing’
    • ‘Under section 139, it is for the prosecution to prove that the defendant knowingly had the offending article in his possession.’
    • ‘The lien may be claimed and maintained so long as the article remains in the possession of the lien claimant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once upon a time, those artefacts were merely gift articles.’
    • ‘The training activities for women will be expanded from tailoring to beautician training, and the repair of household articles.’
    • ‘Every article of clothing reeks of foul-smelling smoke and those that cannot easily be washed have to be hung outside for days.’
    • ‘Neighbours heard a commotion shortly after midnight and watched as police removed articles of clothing from the boot of the man's car.’
    • ‘We also know that articles of clothing have already been found in a canyon and have been seized.’
    • ‘From household articles to children's toys and leather products to paper creations, there are products for every purse and taste.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Valuables in the house were missing and household articles were found lying scattered.’
    • ‘It's a rare display of fascinating articles produced by master craftsmen.’
    • ‘Two male guards make me remove various articles of clothing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Inside are a few photographs of Dr. Kalam, some furniture, other household articles and a visitor's book.’
    • ‘The principal machine was capable of ironing 3,000 articles of clothing per day.’
    • ‘Sanjiv and his parents had demanded Rs 50,000, household articles and clothes as dowry.’
    • ‘By and large such shavers are seen as a single type of commercial article.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All the articles had no producer's name or manufacturing date.’
    • ‘At the end of the recent successful Summer Camp there were a number of articles of clothing left behind by participants.’
    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’
    • ‘We have all seen countless articles in newspapers and magazines discussing the subject.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A number of players employed ghost writers, who in turn, produced articles which were not actually correct.’
    • ‘Abi will also continue to run the Bookweb, where she presents instructional articles on the craft of bookbinding.’
    • ‘Unlike stories written for newspapers and magazines, articles on the Web stick around much longer.’
    • ‘Book proposals must include plans to write companion magazine and newspaper articles.’
    • ‘It was the lead on the television news and was reported in prominent front-page articles in most newspapers.’
    • ‘The Federalists passed the Sedition Act and John Adams used it to imprison newspaper columnists who wrote articles critical of his administration.’
    • ‘Newspaper and magazine articles about the medical risks and economic consequences of obesity abound.’
    • ‘After working as an unskilled laborer, he began writing newspaper articles and short fiction.’
    • ‘I've been writing newspaper and magazine articles for over 40 years.’
    • ‘He writes articles for newspapers and magazines on travel, scuba diving, underwater photography and heritage photography.’
    • ‘As happens so often in newspaper articles, the Times reporter quoted your conclusion without conveying any hint of the grounds for it.’
    • ‘Because it was such a sensational crime in 1955, there were lots of newspaper and magazine articles written about it.’
    • ‘Week after week for more than three years The New Australian doggedly produced a stream of articles challenging the left on every intellectual level.’
    • ‘She previously worked as a reporter for a sports news agency, supplying newspapers and magazines with articles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The following is an article about our unit that was published in the Dallas Morning News.’
    • ‘As each year draws to a close, many newspaper and magazine articles offer basic year-end tax planning ideas.’
    essay, report, account, story, write-up, feature, item, piece, piece of writing, 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.

    as modifier ‘it is an offense under Article 7 of the treaty’
    • ‘These two different approaches draw on two separate articles in the 1951 Refugee Convention.’
    • ‘139 It should be emphasised that the enumeration of the first paragraph of article 15 is by way of example.’
    • ‘These powers have in fact become entrenched in the articles of agreement of the WTO.’
    • ‘The Group approved twenty-two articles stating legal principles which have been referred to throughout this work.’
    • ‘Rule 2 of article IV lists a number of things for which the carrier is not responsible.’
    • ‘For my part, I am not at all sure that in its original form the document was incompatible with article 43.’
    • ‘Prominent amongst these was the fact that the Commission had found simply that the agreement was in breach of the article.’
    • ‘It is a mistake to reduce the reform process in Egypt to the amendment of a single article of the constitution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The other paragraphs of article IX.4 dealt with the position where the vessel could not be returned to the builder.’
    • ‘In 22 articles with 138 clauses, the FIA has laid down in minute detail exactly how the cars should be designed.’
    • ‘Upon first reading it, many of the articles and clauses sounded very familiar.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It concerns the relationship between the two paragraphs of article 8.’
    • ‘Does article 105 of the Regulation have any application in the present case?’
    • ‘The same issue could arise under article 2, paragraph 1, of the Covenant.’
    • ‘The minority will be restricted to their rights under the articles, unless some further informal agreement outside the articles can be found.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    clause, section, subsection, point, item, paragraph, division, subdivision, heading, part, bit, passage, portion, segment
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  • 4Grammar
    The definite or indefinite article.

    • ‘Also, the children almost never used prepositions, articles, conjunctions, and other ‘function’ words.’
    • ‘English is the only Indo-European language in Europe with no gender marking on articles or nouns - ever notice that?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What I do distinctly recall is the labor of pushing around nouns, verbs, adjectives, articles.’
    • ‘Literally translated into English, without articles, definite or indefinite, it becomes ‘return home occasional book’.’

verb

[with object]usually be articled
British
  • Bind by the terms of a contract, as one of apprenticeship.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Among those who attended were the staff of Messrs Dawson, Hart and Co, including an articled pupil, now a retired solicitor.’
    • ‘He was articled to the Gothic Revivalist architect Edward Willson, in Lincoln, leaving after three years to become a painter.’
    • ‘The cost of teaching young lawyers and articling students is not a cost which should necessarily be passed on to clients.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That same year Ernest Gimson was articled to a local architect.’
    • ‘This is what happened next according to Dawson's former articled pupil: ‘I helped Mr Dawson to treat a piece of long stone he found around Uckfield with cow manure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mr Williams, who was educated in Wakefield and graduated from Kings College, London, was articled in Oldham and qualified as a solicitor in 1961.’
    • ‘Keen to pursue a career in medicine, at 14 he became an articled pupil to William Hardcastle, a Newcastle surgeon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was an articled pupil of Herbert Brewer at Gloucester Cathedral before gaining an open scholarship in composition to study with Stanford at the RCM in 1911.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We note that in The Parish of St Pancras case an attorney's clerk, articled by indenture, was held to be an apprentice and to gain a settlement as such for poor law purposes.’
    • ‘His costs prior to June 21st included 9.6 hours for him at $225 per hour and 4.7 hours for an articled student and two law clerks totaling $2461.50.’
    • ‘It's a crying shame… My father paid three hundred quid to have me articled.’
    • ‘On his return he was articled to the solicitor N. D. Stenhouse, who was at the centre of Sydney's literary community.’
    • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • an article of faith

    • A firmly held belief.

      ‘it was an article of faith with this circle that women must free themselves’
      • ‘It's become an article of faith among environmentalists, the idea of the Ecological Indian.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A creed is meant to summarize the explicit teachings or articles of faith, to imbed and thus protect and transmit the beliefs.’
      • ‘My experience is that the two propositions set forth in the preceding paragraph are articles of faith among this crowd.’
      principle, belief, doctrine, precept, creed, credo, article of faith, dogma, canon, rule
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  • the genuine article

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

      • ‘Before Reverend Horton Heat even settles into answering questions, you quickly realize that he is 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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

article

/ˈɑrdək(ə)l//ˈärdək(ə)l/