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

engage, hire, lease, rent

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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

Hepburn has committed to paying for 22 charter flights to deliver supplies. Dan Sweeney, sun-sentinel.com, "South Floridians launch efforts to help storm-ravaged Bahamas," 2 Sep. 2019 Douglas tweeted a photo of himself last week on a private charter flight headed to Clovis for the Gauchos’ season-opening game against Buchanan. Eric Sondheimercolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Narbonne suffers big loss in wake of investigation," 31 Aug. 2019 The airline has previously been focused on charter flights. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Eastern Airlines Plans to Fly Again Soon," 26 Aug. 2019 In 1995, the airport was sleepy aviation field that offered mostly charter flights and flying lessons to fledgling pilots and handled about 50,000 passengers. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "Sanford airport now offers bus shuttle service to Universal Orlando," 19 Aug. 2019 Such glowing words have been rare this summer for the United States’ coach, Gregg Popovich, and the 13 players who boarded a charter flight Saturday night from Los Angeles to continue their tournament preparations in Australia. Marc Stein, New York Times, "After Gloomy Talk of No-Shows, Signs of Optimism for U.S.A. Basketball," 18 Aug. 2019 The group typically does one charter flight in the spring and one in the fall, funded by donations. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Coronado D-Day vet featured in new documentary," 13 Aug. 2019 Several Brook Park charter amendments will appear as well. Beth Mlady, cleveland.com, "November ballot will decide numerous municipal posts in Berea, Brook Park, Middleburg Hts.," 24 Aug. 2019 Douglas County School District spokeswoman Paula Hans said Tucker and the school board aren’t in favor of arming teachers in any school buildings, including charters. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Castle Rock charter school that allows staff to carry concealed guns will leave Douglas County School District," 23 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

None of the local boat owners would charter them a vessel for such a ridiculous-sounding project, but along came the Western Flyer, sailing into Monterey Bay with captain Tony Berry at the helm. Smithsonian, "John Steinbeck’s Epic Ocean Voyage Rewrote the Rules of Ecology," 22 Aug. 2019 Ramona Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3783 chartered the troop in April to fulfill the Boy Scouts requirement to have a nonprofit such as a church or Rotary Club anchor the troop. Ramona Sentinel, "Boy Scout troop gains traction with six girls," 21 Aug. 2019 Scouts BSA Troop 682 recently chartered a girls Troop 682, which is also sponsored by St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Poway. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Scouts BSA Troop 682 in Poway now has a troop for girls," 8 Aug. 2019 Fight to stop enrollment In May, a group of about 60 people, including Brackin, chartered a bus to attend the meeting of the Alabama Board of Education. Trisha Powell Crain | Tcrain@al.com, al.com, "Rural charter school stokes religious fears, roils community in Alabama," 21 July 2019 Unions chartered buses to ferry drivers to Sacramento the next day for their own rally supporting AB5. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Uber, Lyft drivers demand input on gig-work negotiations," 18 July 2019 Perot chartered two jets to fly medical supplies and the wives of POWs to Southeast Asia. David Koenig, Twin Cities, "Colorful self-made billionaire H. Ross Perot dies at 89," 9 July 2019 Off to Cleveland The Red Sox chartered a plane for their All-Star contingent to make the short flight to Cleveland. Julian Mcwilliams, BostonGlobe.com, "As Sox hit break, bats are booming," 7 July 2019 Amscot courted African American pastors and leaders located in the districts of dozens of Democratic lawmakers and chartered private jets to fly them to Florida’s capital to testify, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Anjali Tsui, ProPublica, "How Payday Lenders Spent $1 Million at a Trump Resort — and Cashed In," 5 June 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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The first known use of charter was in the 13th century

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charter

noun

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

charter

transitive verb

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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