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noun article pronunciation in British English /ˈɑː(r)tɪk(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a piece of writing about a particular subject that is published in a newspaper or magazine
    He has written several articles for The Times.
    article on/about: We ran an article about her in our magazine.
  2. 2
    [countable] an object, usually one of a group of similar objects
    The shop sells small household articles.
    article of clothing: She left articles of clothing all around the living room.
  3. 3
    [countable] part of a legal document or agreement that deals with a particular point
    Article 180 states that one third of the members must be women.
  4. 5


    [plural] British the final part of the education of a professional person, for example a lawyer, during which they work for a company
    do your articles: She is doing her articles with a firm of architects in Guildford.
    See also genuine


a meal served in the evening which consists of foods traditionally eaten at breakfast

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