| \ ˈchär-tər
: 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 franchise entry 1 sense 1) of a city, educational institution, or corporation
a city charter a corporate charter
: a written instrument from the authorities of a society creating a lodge or branch
The national headquarters approved 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.
: 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
: 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.
chartered; chartering; charters
: to establish, enable, or convey by charter
The city was chartered in 1837.
a chartered mechanical engineer
: to hire, rent, or lease for usually exclusive and temporary use
chartered a boat for deep-sea fishing
: 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