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Definitions

General English

  • noun an object or thing
  • noun a word used before a noun to show whether you are referring to a particular or general example of something. The definite article is ‘the’ and the indefinite article is ‘a’ or ‘an’.

General Science

  • noun a single message in a newsgroup

Accounting

Banking

  • noun a product or thing for sale

Computing

Information & Library Science

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.).
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