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

Definition of affreight


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


\a-ˈfrā-tər, ə-\ noun, plural


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Origin and Etymology of 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 — more at freight

First Known Use: 1831

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