freight·​er | \ ˈfrā-tər How to pronounce freighter (audio) \

Definition of freighter

1 : one that loads or charters and loads a ship
2 : shipper
3 : a ship or airplane used chiefly to carry freight

Examples of freighter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crew members can stare east at Asia or west at Africa or north at the freighter ahead of them taking the same narrow shortcut between the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2021 The Ever Given was involved in an accident in northern Germany in early 2019, when the freighter ran into a small ferry that was moored on the Elbe river in the port city of Hamburg. Samy Magdy, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2021 The return of the air show over Labor Day weekend also means the return of viewing parties aboard the historic Great Lakes freighter. cleveland, 4 Aug. 2021 The company had previously signaled that customers had approached Airbus asking for a new freighter model in the wake of a surge in cargo traffic through the pandemic. WSJ, 29 July 2021 The South Korean freighter Golden Ray capsized in September 2019 off St. Simons Island, about 70 miles south of Savannah., 7 July 2021 However, after seven nightmarish hours in the rough, bitterly cold North Atlantic, only 48 survivors boarded the first ship on the scene, a Swiss grain freighter. Eric Lindner, Popular Mechanics, 22 July 2021 To reach Peru, Dr. Koepcke had to first get to a port and inveigle his way onto a trans-Atlantic freighter. New York Times, 18 June 2021 Hamburg prosecutors opened an investigation of the freighter's captain and pilot on suspicion of endangering shipping traffic, but shelved it in March 2020 for lack of evidence, spokeswoman Liddy Oechtering told The Associated Press on Friday. Samy Magdy, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of freighter

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Sep 2021

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“Freighter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of freighter

: a large ship that is used to carry goods


freight·​er | \ ˈfrā-tər How to pronounce freighter (audio) \

Kids Definition of freighter

: a ship or airplane used to carry freight


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