definite article
Definition - Another name for the adjective the and its equivalents in other languages.

1. It indicates a defined or particularized individual of the species denoted by the noun (e.g. the black horse).

Etymology -
The term derives from the Latin articulus, the diminutive of artus, a joint.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1727 from the Chambers Cyclopedia.
(Chambers Cyclopedia)

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