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charter

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noun char·ter \ˈchär-tər\

Simple Definition of charter

  • : a document issued by a government that gives rights to a person or group

  • : a document which declares that a city, town, school, or corporation has been established

  • : a document that describes the basic laws, principles, etc., of a group

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of charter

  1. 1 :  a written instrument or contract (as a deed) executed in due form

  2. 2 a :  a grant or guarantee of rights, franchises, or privileges from the sovereign power of a state or country b :  a written instrument that creates and defines the franchises of a city, educational institution, or corporation c :  constitution

  3. 3 :  a written instrument from the authorities of a society creating a lodge or branch

  4. 4 :  a special privilege, immunity, or exemption

  5. 5 :  a mercantile lease of a ship or some principal part of it

  6. 6 :  a charter travel arrangement

Examples of charter in a sentence

  1. The charter allows for unrestricted trading.



Origin and Etymology of charter

Middle English chartre, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin chartula, from Latin, diminutive of charta


First Known Use: 13th century


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charter

verb char·ter

Simple Definition of charter

  • : to give a charter to (a government, corporation, etc.)

  • : to hire (a ship, bus, etc.) for temporary use

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of charter

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to establish, enable, or convey by charter b British :  certify <a chartered mechanical engineer>

  3. 2 :  to hire, rent, or lease for usually exclusive and temporary use <chartered a boat for deep-sea fishing>

charterer

play \-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of charter in a sentence

  1. The city was chartered in 1837.

  2. The team chartered a plane.



15th Century

First Known Use of charter

15th century

Synonym Discussion of charter

hire, let, lease, rent, charter mean to engage or grant for use at a price. hire and let, strictly speaking, are complementary terms, hire implying the act of engaging or taking for use and let the granting of use <we hired a car for the summer> <decided to let the cottage to a young couple>. lease strictly implies a letting under the terms of a contract but is often applied to hiring on a lease <the diplomat leased an apartment for a year>. rent stresses the payment of money for the full use of property and may imply either hiring or letting <instead of buying a house, they decided to rent> <will not rent to families with children>. charter applies to the hiring or letting of a vehicle usually for exclusive use <charter a bus to go to the game>.

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charter

adjective char·ter

Simple Definition of charter

  • : hired for temporary use

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of charter

  1. :  of, relating to, or being a travel arrangement in which transportation (as a bus or plane) is hired by and for one specific group of people <a charter flight>

1922

First Known Use of charter

1922

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Rhymes with charter


CHARTER Defined for Kids

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charter

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noun char·ter \ˈchär-tər\

Definition of charter for Students

  1. 1 :  an official document setting out the rights and duties of a group <The charter grants broad trading rights.>

  2. 2 :  a document which declares that a city, town, school, or corporation has been established

  3. 3 :  a document that describes the basic laws or principles of a group <the charity's charter>




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charter

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verb char·ter

Definition of charter for Students

chartered

chartering

  1. 1 :  to grant a charter to <The city was chartered in 1853.>

  2. 2 :  to hire (as a bus or an aircraft) for temporary use <The team chartered a plane.>




Law Dictionary

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charter

noun char·ter

Legal Definition of charter

  1. 1a :  a grant or guarantee of rights, powers, or privileges from an authority or agency of a state or country <a state bank charter> — compare constitution b :  a written instrument that creates and defines the powers and privileges of a city, educational institution, or corporation — compare articles of incorporation

  2. 2 :  a written instrument from the authorities of a society creating a lodge, branch, or chapter

  3. 3 :  a lease of a ship especially for the delivery of cargo —called also charter party



Origin and Etymology of charter

Old French chartre letter, formal document, from Late Latin chartula, from Latin, diminutive of charta sheet of papyrus


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charter

transitive verb char·ter

Legal Definition of charter

  1. 1 :  to establish, enable, or convey by charter <charter a bank>

  2. 2 :  to lease or hire for usually exclusive and temporary use <charter a ship>





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