Meaning of ARTICLE in English

I. ˈär]d.ə̇kəl, ˈȧ], ]tə̇-, -ēk- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin articulus division, part, joint, diminutive of artus joint; akin to Old English eard condition, fate, Middle High German art innate character, nature, Old Norse ein arthr firm, single, Latin art-, ars skill, Greek artyein to arrange, prepare, Sanskrit ṛta fit, right — more at arm


a. : a distinguishable and usually separately marked section (as of a creed, statute, indictment, treaty, legacy, or other writing consisting of two or more such sections)

an article of the constitution

b. : a distinct and separate point, count, charge, or clause

an explanation of the statute in six articles

c. : a condition or stipulation especially in a contract or a creed — often used in plural

sign ship's articles

articles of indenture

articles of faith

d. : a paragraph, section, or other distinct part of a document

mentioned in the next article

e. : a generally short nonfictional prose composition usually forming an independent portion of a publication (as a newspaper, magazine, or encyclopedia)

write an article for a magazine

have you seen the article in the morning newspaper

2. archaic : a particular juncture, point of time, or moment — used especially in the phrase article of death


a. : a particular item of business : matter

a very great revolution that has happened in this article of good breeding — Joseph Addison

b. : a distinct detail or particular (as of an action or proceeding)

each article of human duty — William Paley

4. : any of a usually small set of words or affixes used with substantives (as nouns) to limit, individualize, or give definiteness or indefiniteness to their application (as a, an, the ) — traditionally considered an adjective; compare definite I 3a, indefinite I

5. : a material thing : item , object

articles of diet

scarce articles command high prices


a. : a thing of a particular class or kind as distinct from a thing of another class or kind

this disclaimer to any resemblance between a real cowhand and the Hollywood article — M.C.Boatright

b. : one who is adept or practiced

as a professional gambler was about the slickest article in his line — H.E.Fosdick

c. : person

the second clerk … was a fairly smooth article — Frederick Way


a. obsolete : a joint of the body

b. : an articulated segment of an appendage in arthropods

II. verb

( articled ; articled ; articling -k(ə)liŋ\ ; articles )

Etymology: Middle English articlen, from article, n.

transitive verb

1. archaic

a. : to set forth in distinct particulars : specify

b. : to set forth or charge someone with (offenses)


a. obsolete : to stipulate especially in a treaty

b. : to bind by articles (as of apprenticeship)

articled at seventeen to a well-known London architect — J.D.Beresford

intransitive verb

1. archaic : to bring a particularized charge or accusation

2. archaic : to make an arrangement or agreement : stipulate

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.