| Definition -
A name for the adjectives the (the definite article) and a and an (the indefinite articles), and their equivalents in other languages.
1. Some consider the article to be one of the parts of speech.
Etymology - The term derives from the Latin articulus, the diminutive of artus, a joint.
Oxford English Dictionary - Its first citation is from 1530:
"Besydes the viii partes of speche commen betwene them and the latines…they have also a nynth part of reason whiche I call article, borrowyng the name of the Grekes."
(Palsgr. Introd. 14)