:a written instrument (see 1instrument 4) or contract (such as a deed) executed in due form
:a grant or guarantee of rights, franchises, or privileges from the sovereign power of a state or country
- The charter allows for unrestricted trading.
:a written instrument that creates and defines the franchises (see 1franchise 2) of a city, educational institution, or corporation
:a written instrument from the authorities of a society creating a lodge or branch
- The national headquarters aproved 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.