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
an article on environmental issues
The paper’s leading article (=the main article) described the government as weak.
2 . OBJECT formal a thing, especially one of a group of things SYN item :
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.
■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + article
▪ 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.
▪ 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.