charter


1char·ter

noun \ˈchär-tər\

: 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

Full Definition of CHARTER

1
:  a written instrument or contract (as a deed) executed in due form
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
:  a written instrument from the authorities of a society creating a lodge or branch
4
:  a special privilege, immunity, or exemption
5
:  a mercantile lease of a ship or some principal part of it
6
:  a charter travel arrangement

Examples of CHARTER

  1. The charter allows for unrestricted trading.

Origin of CHARTER

Middle English chartre, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin chartula, from Latin, diminutive of charta
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with CHARTER

2charter

transitive verb

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

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

Full Definition of CHARTER

1
a :  to establish, enable, or convey by charter
b British :  certify <a chartered mechanical engineer>
2
:  to hire, rent, or lease for usually exclusive and temporary use <chartered a boat for deep-sea fishing>
char·ter·er \-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of CHARTER

  1. The city was chartered in 1837.
  2. The team chartered a plane.

First Known Use of CHARTER

15th century

Other Transportation Terms

camber, corduroy, demurrage, milestone

Rhymes with CHARTER

3charter

adjective

: hired for temporary use

Full Definition of CHARTER

:  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>

First Known Use of CHARTER

1922

Other Transportation Terms

camber, corduroy, demurrage, milestone

charter

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Document granting certain specified rights, powers, privileges, or functions from the sovereign power of a state to a person, corporation, city, or other unit of local organization. In Magna Carta (1215), King John granted certain liberties to the English people. Elsewhere in medieval Europe, monarchs issued charters to towns, guilds, universities, and other institutions, granting the institution certain privileges and sometimes specifying how they should conduct their internal affairs. Later, charters were granted to overseas trading companies (e.g., the British East India Co.), granting them monopolies in certain areas. Britain's colonies in North America were established by charter. Modern charters may be corporate or municipal. A corporate charter, issued by a governmental body, grants individuals the power to form a corporation, or limited-liability company. A municipal charter is a law that creates a new political subdivision and allows the people within it to organize themselves into a municipal corporation, in effect delegating to the people the powers of local self-government.

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