What does charter mean?
Definitions for charter
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word charter.
a document incorporating an institution and specifying its rights; includes the articles of incorporation and the certificate of incorporation
a contract to hire or lease transportation
rent, hire, charter, leaseverb
hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services
grant a charter to
lease, rent, hire, charter, engage, takeverb
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?"
a document issued by some authority, creating a public or private institution, and defining its purposes and privileges
a similar document conferring rights and privileges on a person, corporation etc
a contract for the commercial leasing of a vessel, or space on a vessel
the temporary hiring or leasing of a vehicle
to grant or establish a charter
to lease or hire something by charter
leased or hired
Etymology: From chartre, from chartula (diminutif of charta).
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
1.A charter is a written evidence of things done between man and man. Charters are divided into charters of the king, and charters of private persons. Charters of the king are those, whereby the king passeth any grant to any person or more, or to any body politick: as a charter of exemption, that no man shall be empannelled on a jury; charter of pardon, whereby a man is forgiven a felony, or other offence. John Cowell
Etymology: charta, Latin.
If you deny it, let the danger light
Upon your charter, and your city’s freedom. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.
Here was that charter seal’d, wherein the crown
All marks of arbitrary power lays down. John Denham.
She shakes the rubbish from her mounting brow,
And seems to have renew’d her charter ’s date,
Which heav’n will to the death of time allow. Dryden.
It is not to be wondered, that the great charter whereby God bestowed the whole earth upon Adam, and confirmed it unto the sons of Noah, being as brief in word as large in effect, hath bred much quarrel of interpretation. Walter Raleigh, Essays.
God renewed this charter of man’s sovereignty over the creatures. South.
I must have liberty,
Withal as large a charter as the wind,
To blow on whom I please; for so fools have;
And they that are most gauled with my folly,
They most must laugh. William Shakespeare, As you like it.
Who has a charter to extol her blood,
When she does praise me, grieves me. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.
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 (or sovereignty), and that the recipient admits a limited (or inferior) status within the relationship, and it is within that sense that charters were historically granted, and it is that sense which is retained in modern usage of the term. The word entered the English language from the Old French charte, via Latin charta, and ultimately from Greek χάρτης (khartes, meaning "layer of papyrus"). It has come to be synonymous with a document that sets out a grant of rights or privileges.
a written evidence in due form of things done or granted, contracts made, etc., between man and man; a deed, or conveyance
an instrument in writing, from the sovereign power of a state or country, executed in due form, bestowing rights, franchises, or privileges
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
a special privilege, immunity, or exemption
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
to establish by charter
to hire or let by charter, as a ship. See Charter party, under Charter, n
Etymology: [OF. chartre, F. chartre, charte, fr. L. chartula a little paper, dim. of charta. See Chart, Card.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
chärt′er, n. any formal writing in evidence of a grant, contract, or other transaction, conferring or confirming titles, rights, or privileges, or the like: the formal deed by which a sovereign guarantees the rights and privileges of his subjects, like the famous Mag′na Chart′a, signed by King John at Runnymede, 15th June 1215, or the Charte of Louis XVIII. at the Restoration in 1814, or that sworn by Louis-Philippe, 29th August 1830: any instrument by which powers and privileges are conferred by the state on a select body of persons for a special object, as the 'charter of a bank:' a patent: grant, allowance: immunity.—v.t. to establish by charter: to let or hire, as a ship, on contract.—p.adj. Chart′ered, granted or protected by a charter: privileged: licensed: hired by contract. [O. Fr. chartre—L. cartula, carta.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
To charter a vessel is to take her to freight, under a charter-party. The charter or written instrument by which she is hired to carry freight.
A form of official document giving authority, rights and power for a specific purpose.
The UN charter on the rights of a child are respected.
Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Charter is ranked #22260 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Charter surname appeared 1,158 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Charter.
87.8% or 1,017 total occurrences were White.
7.8% or 91 total occurrences were Black.
1.9% or 22 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.1% or 13 total occurrences were of two or more races.
0.8% or 10 total occurrences were Asian.
0.4% or 5 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'charter' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4136
Rank popularity for the word 'charter' in Nouns Frequency: #1555
Anagrams for charter »
The numerical value of charter in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of charter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of charter in a Sentence
These discriminatory policies are serious violations against the fundamental human rights of the people of Taiwan, erode the principles of equality, and contradict the charter of the United Nations.
In many ways, Kim Jong Il ruled the country in open violation of the party charter.
The current situation in Ukraine is the result of many complex factors. China always makes its own position according to the merits of the matter itself. We believe that all countries should solve international disputes by peaceful means in line with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.
While it is only normal for different groups to raise specific interests around major sporting events, we believe in the Olympic Charter's vision to protect the power of sport from political influence.
Religious liberty is the chief cornerstone of the American system of government, and provisions for its security are embedded in the written charter and interwoven in the moral fabric of its laws. Anything that tends to invade a right so essential and sacred must be carefully guarded against, and I am satisfied that my countrymen, ever mindful of the suffering and sacrifices necessary to obtain it, will never consent to its impairment for any reason or under any pretext whatsoever.
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Translations for charter
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- устав, харта, грамота, чартърBulgarian
- carta fundacionalSpanish
- vuokraus, peruskirjaFinnish
- cairtScottish Gaelic
- carta, alvará, procuraçãoPortuguese
- navlosi, afretaRomanian
- хартия, наём, устав, грамота, чартерный, чартерRussian
- điều lệVietnamese
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