: a written instrument from the authorities of a society creating a lodge or branch
The national headquarters approved the charter establishing the local lodge.
: a special privilege, immunity, or exemption
: 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.
: a charter travel arrangement
An agent handled the charter providing aircraft travel to and from the tournament.
: a chartered plane, bus, etc.
Their charter had just landed at Toronto's Pearson International Airport and … everyone in the Mariners' traveling party had to slog through a tedious customs check and then claim his own luggage.—Jeff Pearlman
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
Examples of charter in a Sentence
The charter allows for unrestricted trading. Verb
The city was chartered in 1837.
The team chartered a plane.
Recent Examples on the Web
Lazy Dog Kayaking and Paddleboarding offers group tours and private charters, plus fun classes like PaddleYoga.
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Pay homage to Key West's maritime heritage with a trip to the Key West Lighthouse & Museum.—Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 29 Nov. 2023 First responders investigate a crash involving a charter bus and a semitrailer in Licking County, Ohio, on Tuesday.—Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 15 Nov. 2023 The Pioneer Trails charter bus was transporting students from Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools at the time, according to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.—Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 14 Nov. 2023 The charter bus was carrying Tuscarawas Valley students and their chaperones to an Ohio School Boards Association conference in Columbus, according to the association and the district’s superintendent.—Maham Javaid, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023 Today, a charter bus carrying Tusky Valley students and chaperones on the way to the Ohio School Boards Association conference in Columbus was involved in a very serious accident.—CBS News, 14 Nov. 2023 The original Hamas charter, or covenant, was a nine-thousand-word treatise adopted shortly after the group’s founding.—David Remnick, The New Yorker, 28 Oct. 2023 The charter flight was heading from London's Stansted Airport to Orlando International Airport with 11 crew members and nine passengers onboard.—Alex Sundby, CBS News, 10 Nov. 2023 On Monday, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship assisted in evacuating US nationals from Israel to Cyprus; meanwhile, US government charter flights continue operating out of Ben Gurion Airport (located near Tel Aviv and Jerusalem) to take American tourists home.—Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Oct. 2023
The retailer, one of several that chartered ships in 2021 to get around port bottlenecks, ended up overstocked last year with goods such as comfortable clothes and small appliances that were popular during the pandemic but fell out of fashion as consumers returned to offices and restaurants.—Liz Young, WSJ, 27 Nov. 2023 Several were chartered by New York City’s Temple Emanu-El for D.C.—Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 14 Nov. 2023 The 74-year-old entrepreneur, previously the richest person in the world, has seen his wealth increase—even in the past couple of days—where the Bloomberg index chartered a surge of $1.6 billion between Oct. 15 and Oct. 16.—Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 17 Oct. 2023 Now that the schedule is finalized, the Aztecs can start making travel arrangements and deciding which games to fly commercial and which to charter.—Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2023 The cost of chartering tankers to move crude around the world has experienced extraordinary volatility in recent weeks, according to E.A. Gibson Shipbrokers.—Joe Wallace, WSJ, 14 Nov. 2023 Nicaragua is using migration against the U.S. by chartering hundreds of flights to ferry migrants from Haiti and Cuba, an expert warns.—Anders Hagstrom, Fox News, 25 Oct. 2023 Pictures show Uyghurs with red flowers pinned to their jackets—a common symbol of celebration—boarding China Southern Airlines flights chartered by the authorities in Xinjiang.—Ian Urbina, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 They were fined $500,000—the WNBA’s largest fine ever—for chartering flights for players against league rules.—Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 20 Oct. 2023
Charter school performance was uneven, but in at least 11 states charter fourth graders outperformed their non-charter counterparts in math in 2022, including in Alaska (+16 points), Nevada (+12 points) and North Carolina (+21 points).—The Editorial Board, WSJ, 24 Oct. 2022 At the time, billionaires Mike Bloomberg and the late Eli Broad spent tens of millions of dollars promoting charter schools nationally, including large sums in Oakland to support charter schools and to ensure pro-charter candidates were elected to the board.—Scott Wilson, Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2022 New York New York: Some 51,000 more New York City students will return to in-person schooling later this month, bringing the total number of students in school buildings to 365,000 out of 960,000 non-charter public school students, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.—From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2021 At the time, billionaires Mike Bloomberg and the late Eli Broad spent tens of millions of dollars promoting charter schools nationally, including large sums in Oakland to support charter schools and to ensure pro-charter candidates were elected to the board.—Scott Wilson, Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2022 Commercial service to Canouan, though, is spottier than ever: American Eagle no longer flies to the island, so non-charter guests are limited to scouring for seats on one of the regional airlines, such as Grenadine Air, which aren’t even loaded into most travel databases.—Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 26 Mar. 2022 However, on a national level, one major pro-charter school Democratic group and a billionaire pro-charter campaign funder appear to be financing the groundwork for Ellison’s campaign — even though both Ellison and Romero support charter schools.—Kaylee Poche, NOLA.com, 24 Nov. 2020 The teacher group also criticized Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and a member of Walmart’s Walton family for large donations to pro-charter PACs.—Dallas News, 25 Feb. 2022 There has, however, been a lot of scrutiny over how celebs choose to travel since so many of them charter private jets even for short distances.—Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 5 Sep. 2022 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English chartre, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin chartula, from Latin, diminutive of charta — see chartentry 1