charter

noun
char·​ter | \ ˈchär-tər How to pronounce charter (audio) \

Definition of charter

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a written instrument (see instrument entry 1 sense 4) or contract (such as a deed) executed in due form
2a : 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 franchise entry 1 sense 1) 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 approved 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.
6a : a charter travel arrangement An agent handled the charter providing aircraft travel to and from the tournament.
b : 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
7 : charter school He pushed for the closure of Chicago's worst schools … and opened dozens of new schools, many of them charters.— Amanda Paulson et al.

charter

verb
chartered; chartering; charters

Definition of charter (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : 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

charter

adjective

Definition of charter (Entry 3 of 3)

: 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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Other Words from charter

Verb

charterer \ ˈchär-​tər-​ər How to pronounce charterer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for charter

Synonyms: Verb

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Verb

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

Examples of charter in a Sentence

Noun The charter allows for unrestricted trading. Verb The city was chartered in 1837. The team chartered a plane.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some called for the town council to honor the votes counts when selecting the mayor and deputy mayor, and others called for a rewrite of the town charter so that the two highest vote-getters are automatically given the two highest-ranking titles. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "West Hartford council bypasses Beth Kerrigan for deputy mayor role," 19 Nov. 2019 The operation catered mainly to the African American community, providing flight training and charter and delivery services. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Azellia White, trailblazer for African American women in aviation, dies at 106," 18 Nov. 2019 That’s part of an etiquette charter the company has instituted to encourage colleagues to respect one another’s work. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "One passionate CEO on deciding to give her staff a day off every single week," 14 Oct. 2019 Then on Thursday, the Financial Times reported that PayPal had decided not to attend a Libra Association meeting in Washington DC, where members were slated to iron out details of the charter. Wired, "PayPal Unfriends Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency," 4 Oct. 2019 To his credit, Newsom brokered a legislative compromise between long-warring charter and traditional schools. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: Jury is still out on Newsom’s performance as governor," 20 Sep. 2019 Academy Force — a co-op of small public charter and private schools in the East Metro — moved its practices from New Life Academy to St. Croix Prep Academy, where the team also plays its games. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Academy Force, the East Metro’s prep football co-op, is about more than winning (or losing)," 5 Sep. 2019 Authorities are cracking down on boater owners operating unlicensed charter services on the Great Lakes and local waterways. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Coast Guard cracking down on unlicensed boat charters," 19 July 2019 Fishing enthusiasts gather The Oceanside Senior Anglers will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday and will host captain Ryan Block, who recently started his own charter service (Savvy Sportfishing). Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Daughters of Amer. Revolution recruit," 29 June 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Three Canadian tourists chartered the Kirst Aviation flight for a day trip before starting an Alaska cruise, federal prosecutors say. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Fairbanks pilot in fatal 2014 crash convicted of lying to federal investigators," 27 Nov. 2019 Thirty-four people died when a fire broke out on a boat chartered for a scuba-diving excursion off the coast of Los Angeles. The Economist, "Politics this week," 5 Sep. 2019 The boat had been chartered for a three-day diving excursion off the Channel Islands. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Dramatic Coast Guard video shows doomed charter boat engulfed in flames," 4 Sep. 2019 OurBus, which started in 2016, doesn’t own any buses but instead contracts with tour bus companies for high-end vehicles with Wi-Fi and reclining seats, the kind of buses typically chartered for business conferences or traveling sports teams. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "‘Crowd-sourced’ bus between Chicago and Indianapolis will become permanent," 23 Aug. 2019 Unalaska is chartering planes to get residents between the Aleutian Islands city and Anchorage until commercial air service can be restored. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Unalaska begins city-chartered flights as commercial flights remain suspended," 4 Nov. 2019 The organization has chartered dozens of planes to fly Thomas Cook travelers home free of charge beginning Monday. Washington Post, "After Thomas Cook collapse, U.K. launches largest peacetime repatriation operation," 24 Sep. 2019 Trump chartered a sixty-five-foot motor yacht out of Shell Bank Creek, on which his men installed a P.A. system and fifty-foot-long back-to-back signboards. Thomas J. Campanella, The New Yorker, "The Trumpian Origins of New York’s Floating Billboard Problem," 18 Sep. 2019 It was meant to be a carefree outing: a Hyannis financial planning firm had chartered the S.S. Lobster Roll, a twin-diesel party boat, to fete about 50 clients. Robert Weisman, BostonGlobe.com, "As baby boomers watch stocks swing wildly, their future seems less secure," 3 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The report said none of the charter flights complied. NBC News, "Watchdog: $341,000 wasted on travel for former high-flying HHS chief Tom Price," 13 July 2018 Justifications for using charter flights were sometimes flimsy, the report concluded. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "HHS Watchdog Pushes to Recoup $341,000 Wasted by Ex-Secretary Price on Travel," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of charter

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for charter

Noun and Verb

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

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Time Traveler for charter

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The first known use of charter was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Charter.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charterer?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=charte02. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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charter

noun
How to pronounce charter (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of charter

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of charter (Entry 2 of 3)

: to give a charter to (a government, corporation, etc.)
: to hire (a ship, bus, etc.) for temporary use

charter

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of charter (Entry 3 of 3)

: hired for temporary use

charter

noun
char·​ter | \ ˈchär-tər How to pronounce charter (audio) \

Kids Definition of charter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

charter

verb
chartered; chartering

Kids Definition of charter (Entry 2 of 2)

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.

charter

noun
char·​ter

Legal Definition of charter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

Legal Definition of charter (Entry 2 of 2)

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

History and Etymology for charter

Noun

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

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