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charter

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noun char·ter \ ˈchär-tər \

Definition of charter

1 :a written instrument (see 1instrument 4) or contract (such 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
  • The charter allows for unrestricted trading.
b :a written instrument that creates and defines the franchises (see 1franchise 2) of a city, educational institution, or corporation
  • a city charter
  • a corporate charter
c :constitution
  • the Charter of the United Nations
3 :a written instrument from the authorities of a society creating a lodge or branch
  • The national headquarters aproved the charter establishing the local lodge.
4 :a special privilege, immunity, or exemption
5 :a mercantile lease of a ship or some principal part of it
  • In the charter the ship's owner agreed to transport specified cargo to a specified port.
6 :a charter travel arrangement
  • An agent handled the charter providing aircraft travel to and from the tournament.

Examples of charter in a Sentence

  1. The charter allows for unrestricted trading.

Recent Examples of charter from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of charter

Middle English chartre, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin chartula, from Latin, diminutive of charta — see 1chart


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charter

verb

Definition of charter

transitive verb
1 a :to establish, enable, or convey by charter
  • The city was chartered in 1837.
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

charterer

play \-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of charter in a Sentence

  1. The city was chartered in 1837.

  2. The team chartered a plane.

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Origin and Etymology of charter

Synonym Discussion of charter

hire, let, lease, rent, charter mean to engage or grant for use at a price. hire and let, strictly speaking, are complementary terms, hire implying the act of engaging or taking for use and let the granting of use.
    • we hired a car for the summer
    • decided to let the cottage to a young couple
lease strictly implies a letting under the terms of a contract but is often applied to hiring on a lease.
    • the diplomat leased an apartment for a year
rent stresses the payment of money for the full use of property and may imply either hiring or letting.
    • instead of buying a house, they decided to rent
    • will not rent to families with children
charter applies to the hiring or letting of a vehicle usually for exclusive use.
    • charter a bus to go to the game

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charter

adjective

Definition of charter

:of, relating to, or being a travel arrangement in which transportation (such as a bus or plane) is hired by and for one specific group of people
  • a charter flight

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First Known Use of charter

1922

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CHARTER Defined for English Language Learners

charter

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noun

Definition of charter for English Language Learners

  • : 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


charter

verb

Definition of charter for English Language Learners

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

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


charter

adjective

Definition of charter for English Language Learners

  • : hired for temporary use


CHARTER Defined for Kids

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charter

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noun char·ter \ ˈchär-tər \

Definition of charter for Students

1 :an official document setting out the rights and duties of a group
  • The charter grants broad trading rights.
2 :a document which declares that a city, town, school, or corporation has been established
3 :a document that describes the basic laws or principles of a group
  • the charity's charter

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charter

verb

Definition of charter for Students

chartered; chartering
1 :to grant a charter to
  • The city was chartered in 1853.
2 :to hire (as a bus or an aircraft) for temporary use
  • The team chartered a plane.

Law Dictionary

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charter

noun char·ter

legal Definition of charter

1 a :a grant or guarantee of rights, powers, or privileges from an authority or agency of a state or country
  • a state bank charter
— compare constitution
b :a written instrument that creates and defines the powers and privileges of a city, educational institution, or corporation — compare articles of incorporation
2 :a written instrument from the authorities of a society creating a lodge, branch, or chapter
3 :a lease of a ship especially for the delivery of cargo called also charter party

Origin and Etymology of charter

Old French chartre letter, formal document, from Late Latin chartula, from Latin, diminutive of charta sheet of papyrus


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charter

transitive verb

legal Definition of charter

1 :to establish, enable, or convey by charter
  • charter a bank
2 :to lease or hire for usually exclusive and temporary use
  • charter a ship


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