Definitions for Charterˈtʃɑr tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

char•ter*ˈtʃɑr tər(n.)

  1. a document issued by a sovereign or state outlining the conditions under which a business, city, or other corporate body is organized, and defining its rights and privileges.

    Category: Government, Business

  2. a document defining the formal organization of a corporate body; constitution:

    the Charter of the United Nations.

    Category: Business, Government

  3. an authorization from a central or parent organization to establish a new branch, chapter, etc.

    Category: Government

  4. a document issued by a sovereign power granting certain rights or privileges to a group or individual.

    Category: Government, Business

  5. an arrangement by which all or part of a ship, airplane, etc., is leased for a particular group or journey.

    Category: Law

  6. a tour, vacation, or trip using such an arrangement.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. a special privilege or immunity.

    Category: Government

  8. (v.t.)to issue a charter to; establish by charter:

    to charter a bank.

    Category: Government, Business

  9. to lease or hire for exclusive use:

    The company chartered a bus for the picnic.

  10. (adj.)pertaining to or involving transportation that is specially leased and not part of a regularly scheduled service:

    a charter flight to Europe.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  11. available for lease or hire by private individuals:

    a charter boat for fishing.

* Syn: See hire.

Origin of charter:

1200–50; ME chartre < OF < L chartul(a) scrap of papyrus (by assimilation) =chart(a) (see chart ) +-ula -ule


Princeton's WordNet

  1. charter(noun)

    a document incorporating an institution and specifying its rights; includes the articles of incorporation and the certificate of incorporation

  2. charter(verb)

    a contract to hire or lease transportation

  3. rent, hire, charter, lease(verb)

    hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services

  4. charter(verb)

    grant a charter to

  5. lease, rent, hire, charter, engage, take(verb)

    engage for service under a term of contract

    "We took an apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we take a guide in Rome?"


  1. charter(Noun)

    a document issued by some authority, creating a public or private institution, and defining its purposes and privileges

  2. charter(Noun)

    a similar document conferring rights and privileges on a person, corporation etc

  3. charter(Noun)

    a contract for the commercial leasing of a vessel, or space on a vessel

  4. charter(Noun)

    the temporary hiring or leasing of a vehicle

  5. charter(Noun)

    a deed

  6. charter(Verb)

    to grant or establish a charter

  7. charter(Verb)

    to lease or hire something by charter

  8. charter(Adjective)

    leased or hired

  9. Origin: From chartre, from chartula (diminutif of charta).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Charter(noun)

    a written evidence in due form of things done or granted, contracts made, etc., between man and man; a deed, or conveyance

  2. Charter(noun)

    an instrument in writing, from the sovereign power of a state or country, executed in due form, bestowing rights, franchises, or privileges

  3. Charter(noun)

    an act of a legislative body creating a municipal or other corporation and defining its powers and privileges. Also, an instrument in writing from the constituted authorities of an order or society (as the Freemasons), creating a lodge and defining its powers

  4. Charter(noun)

    a special privilege, immunity, or exemption

  5. Charter(noun)

    the letting or hiring a vessel by special contract, or the contract or instrument whereby a vessel is hired or let; as, a ship is offered for sale or charter. See Charter party, below

  6. Charter(verb)

    to establish by charter

  7. Charter(verb)

    to hire or let by charter, as a ship. See Charter party, under Charter, n


  1. Charter

    A charter is the grant of authority or rights, stating that the granter formally recognizes the prerogative of the recipient to exercise the rights specified. It is implicit that the granter retains superiority, and that the recipient admits a limited status within the relationship, and it is within that sense that charters were historically granted, and that sense is retained in modern usage of the term. Also, charter can simply be a document giving royal permission to start a colony. The word entered the English language from the Old French charte, but the concept is universal and transcends language. It has come to be synonymous with the document that lays out the granting of rights or privileges.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Charter' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4136

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Charter' in Nouns Frequency: #1555

Anagrams of Charter

  1. charret, rechart

Translations for Charter

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to let or hire (a ship, aircraft etc) on contract

The travel company had chartered three aircraft for their holiday flights.; a charter plane; a charter flight.

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