Meaning of ARTICLE in English

I. ˈär-ti-kəl noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin articulus joint, division, diminutive of artus joint, limb; akin to Greek arariskein to fit — more at arm

Date: 13th century


a. : a distinct often numbered section of a writing

b. : a separate clause

c. : a stipulation in a document (as a contract or a creed)

article s of indenture

d. : a nonfictional prose composition usually forming an independent part of a publication (as a magazine)

2. : an item of business : matter

3. : any of a small set of words or affixes (as a, an, and the ) used with nouns to limit or give definiteness to the application

4. : a member of a class of things ; especially : an item of goods

article s of value

5. : a thing or person of a particular and distinctive kind or class

the genuine article

II. transitive verb

( -cled ; ar·ti·cling -k(ə-)liŋ)

Date: 1820

: to bind by articles (as of apprenticeship)

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.