charter member


: an original member of a group (such as a society or corporation)
charter membership noun

Examples of charter member in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pollard was a charter member of the board of directors of the Vista Ranchos Historical Society. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2024 With 25 charter members, Heterodoxy included individuals of diverse backgrounds, including lesbian and bisexual women, labor radicals and socialites, and artists and nurses. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Mar. 2024 John Kilgour, a banker whose father was a charter member of the society, donated 4 acres of land near Hyde Park for the observatory. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 24 Mar. 2024 Since 1901, as a charter member of the American League, Cleveland has employed 34 different managers. Jim Ingraham, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 Washington and Oregon were charter members of the Pacific Coast Conference in 1916, the organization that eventually became the Pac-8, then 10, then 12. Ralph D. Russo, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Aug. 2023 That evening, 65 Park Hill charter members met at First Presbyterian Church in Argenta to formally organize and elect officers. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 16 Sep. 2023 His grandparents were charter members of Great Hills Baptist Church, which flourished over the decades to become Austin’s first megachurch. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Dec. 2023 When the rolls closed, shortly thereafter, 80 people had signed on as charter members. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 16 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of charter member was in 1842

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“Charter member.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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