plural -s
: a mercantile lease of a vessel under which it remains in charge of the owners
also : the act of hiring a vessel under such a lease compare charter sense 5

Word History


modification of French affrètement, from affréter + -ment

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of affreightment was in 1664

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“Affreightment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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