Meaning of ARTICLE in English

ar ‧ ti ‧ cle S2 W1 /ˈɑːtɪk ə l $ ˈɑːr-/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1100-1200 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: Latin articulus 'joint, division' , from artus 'joint' ]

1 . NEWSPAPER/MAGAZINE a piece of writing about a particular subject in a newspaper or magazine

article on/about

an article on environmental issues

The paper’s leading article (=the main article) described the government as weak.

newspaper articles

2 . OBJECT formal a thing, especially one of a group of things SYN item :

household articles

She only took a few articles of clothing with her.

3 . LAW a part of a law or legal agreement that deals with a particular point:

Article 1 of the constitution guarantees freedom of religion.

4 . GRAMMAR technical a word used before a noun to show whether the noun refers to a particular example of something or to a general example of something. In English, ‘the’ is called the definite article and ‘a’ and ‘an’ are called the indefinite article.

5 . articles British English an agreement by which someone finishes their training, especially as a lawyer, by working for a company

6 . an article of faith something that you feel very strongly about so that it affects how you think or behave

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■ NOUN + newspaper

▪ a newspaper article

He writes newspaper articles in the Guardian.

▪ a magazine article

The couple talked frankly about their joy at having a new baby in a magazine article published yesterday.

▪ a feature article (=one about a particular subject)

I wrote a few feature articles on sporting events.


▪ a good/excellent/interesting article

There was an interesting article on Russia in the paper today.

▪ the leading/lead article (=the main article)

Look at this leading article from Newsweek’s business section.

▪ a front-page article

The protest followed a front-page article in the Herald three weeks ago.

▪ an in-depth article (=one that is detailed)

Each issue contains in-depth articles and photographs.

■ verbs

▪ write/do an article

The Times have asked me if I will do an article on the election.

▪ read/see an article

It was good to see such an intelligent article on censorship.

▪ publish/carry/run an article (=print it in a newspaper or magazine)

The magazine carried an article on the dangers of being overweight.

▪ an article appears in a newspaper/magazine

A couple of articles appeared in local papers, but nothing else.

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▪ article a piece of writing in a newspaper or magazine about a particular subject:

Greg began his career writing articles for the college magazine.


an interesting newspaper article

▪ story an article in a newspaper about a recent event, especially one that a lot of people find interesting or exciting:

a front-page story


I read a newspaper story about the crash.


The local paper ran a story (=published a story) about the festival.

▪ piece a short article in a newspaper or magazine:

I’ve written a couple of pieces for the New York Times magazine.


The piece was first published in the Observer.

▪ feature a special article about a particular subject, often with photographs and continuing for several pages:

They had a special feature on Croatia.


The paper did a big feature on growing your own food.

▪ review an article in a newspaper or magazine about a book, play, product, hotel etc, giving someone’s opinion of it:

The play had rave reviews (=people liked it a lot - an informal use) .


Did you see the review of the new Coldplay album?

▪ column an article by a particular writer that appears regularly in a newspaper or magazine:

He has a weekly column in the TImes.


She writes a newspaper column on gardening.

▪ editorial a piece of writing in a newspaper that gives the personal opinion of the editor about something that is in the news:

Several years ago the New York Times published an editorial stating that the appropriate minimum wage is $0.00.

▪ cutting British English an article that has been cut from a newspaper or magazine:

His mother has kept all his old press cuttings.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.