Definition of article noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɑːtɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːrtɪkl//
    Grammar, Journalism
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  1. 1  article (on/about something) a piece of writing about a particular subject in a newspaper or magazine Have you seen that article about young fashion designers? see also leading article Wordfinderarticle, columnist, editorial, feature, headline, journalist, newspaper, obituary, review, supplement See related entries: Journalism
  2. 2  (law) a separate item in an agreement or a contract Article 10 of the European Convention guarantees free speech.
  3. 3  (formal) a particular item or separate thing, especially one of a set synonym item articles of clothing toilet articles such as soap and shampoo The articles found in the car helped the police to identify the body.
  4. 4 (grammar) the words a and an (the indefinite article) or the (the definite article) See related entries: Grammar
  5. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a separate clause of the Apostles' Creed, a formal statement of Christian beliefs): from Old French, from Latin articulus ‘small connecting part’, diminutive of artus ‘joint’.Extra examples A leading article in ‘The Times’ accused the minister of lying. An advertisement will now replace the offending article. Article 10 provides that all businesses must be registered correctly. Did you see the article on China in today’s paper? Fake designer watches are sold at a fraction of the price of the genuine article. He always clips and saves articles about people he knows. He got his articles last year. He’s doing his articles with a firm of lawyers in the city. I’m doing an article about ways of preventing pollution. It was her job to commission occasional articles. Names of countries in English do not usually take an article. She admitted she was wrong in an article in the newspaper. The actions of the organization are in breach of Article 12 of the treaty. The actions of the organization violate Article 12 of the treaty. The article appears in this week’s edition of ‘The Spectator’. The article contains a good deal of information about the software. The article goes on to quote from Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’. The article looks at two questions. The finished article takes two months to manufacture. The judge ordered the child’s return home under Article 12 of the Convention. The key articles of the constitution can only be changed by referendum. The magazine includes a how-to article on building a greenhouse. The magazine refused to print his article. The terms of Article 3 will be changed by the new government. an article about atomic clocks by Professor Keith Runcorn an article about wine by Alison Waters an article entitled ‘Think Yourself Thin’ an article excerpted from ‘CAD Principles’ an article on the dangers of sunbathing Have you seen that article about skyscrapers? He pleaded guilty to two charges of theft of articles of clothing. It was a very interesting article. Several articles of the 1955 treaty were rewritten. The closet was full of expensive toilet articles and perfumes. The proposal breaches article 10 of the European Convention, which guarantees free speech.
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