noun, often attributive \ˈfrāt\

: goods that are carried by ships, trains, trucks, or airplanes

: the system by which goods are carried from one place to another

: the amount of money paid for carrying goods

Full Definition of FREIGHT

a :  the compensation paid for the transportation of goods
b :  cost <help pay the freight>
a :  goods to be shipped :  cargo
b :  load, burden
c :  meaning 3, significance
a :  the ordinary transportation of goods by a common carrier and distinguished from express
b :  a train designed or used for such transportation

Examples of FREIGHT

  1. trains that carry both passengers and freight
  2. The freight arrived by steamboat.
  3. The order was shipped by freight.

Origin of FREIGHT

Middle English, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vracht, vrecht
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Railroad Terms

cowcatcher, cupola, gauge, vestibule, yard



: to send (goods) from one place to another

: to cause (something) to have or carry many things : to load or burden (something)

Full Definition of FREIGHT

transitive verb
a :  to load with goods for transportation
b :  burden, charge <freighted with memories>
:  to transport or ship by freight

Examples of FREIGHT

  1. <it took six hours to freight the cargo airplane>

First Known Use of FREIGHT

15th century
May 24, 2015
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