transitive verb
af·​freight | \ a-ˈfrāt, ə- \

Definition of affreight

: to hire or charter (a ship) for the transportation of goods or freight

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Other Words from affreight

affreighter \ a-​ˈfrā-​tər , ə-​ \ noun, plural -s

First Known Use of affreight

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for affreight

modification (influenced by freight) of French affréter, from a- (from Latin ad-) + fréter to freight or charter a ship, from fret freight, from Old French, from Middle Dutch vrecht, vracht

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about affreight

Time Traveler for affreight

Time Traveler

The first known use of affreight was in 1831

See more words from the same year

Statistics for affreight

Cite this Entry

“Affreight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

Comments on affreight

What made you want to look up affreight? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!