General English

General Science

  • noun a single message in a newsgroup


  • noun a section of a legal agreement such as a contract or treaty


  • noun a product or thing for sale


Information & Library Science

  • noun a piece of writing in a newspaper or magazine
  • noun a message sent to an electronic newsgroup

Media Studies

  • noun a text on a particular subject in a newspaper, magazine or reference book
  • noun a message or posting to an Internet newsgroup

Origin & History of “article”

like art, arm, and arthritis, article goes back to an Indo-European root *ar-, which meant ‘put things together, join, fit’. Amongst its derivatives was Latin artus ‘joint’ (a form parallel to Greek árthron, source of arthritis), of which the diminutive was articulus ‘small joint’. this was extended metaphorically to mean ‘division, part’, and when the word first entered English, via Old French article, it was used for a particular clause of a treaty, of a contract, or specifically of the creed. Its application to an ‘item, thing’ is a comparatively late development, from the start of the 19th century.

A Latin derivative of articulus, the verb articulāre ‘divide into joints’, hence ‘speak distinctly’, gave rise to English articulate (16th c.).