What does charter mean?

Definitions for charter
ˈtʃɑr tərchar·ter

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word charter.

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

  8. Origin: [OF. chartre, F. chartre, charte, fr. L. chartula a little paper, dim. of charta. See Chart, Card.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Charter

    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

  1. charter

    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.

Editors Contribution

  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 has come to be synonymous with the document that lays out the granting of rights or privileges.

    John signed the Charter

    Submitted by anonymous on July 24, 2019  
  2. charter

    Charter (noun) an agreement that gives right to a person to rent or established a building.

    Charter a constitution that declares authorities of a society to be part in an arrangement of a state or country.

    Submitted by pinkss5 on October 21, 2015  

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 for charter »

  1. charret, rechart

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of charter in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of charter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of charter in a Sentence

  1. Good Samaritan Kate Barriger:

    We were just out fishing for charter, and we heard fire.

  2. Meechai Ruchupan:

    I don't know what is going to happen if the charter does not pass.

  3. Gianni Onorato:

    They have never experienced in the past ... such a high number of charter flights.

  4. Michael Madden:

    In many ways, Kim Jong Il ruled the country in open violation of the party charter.

  5. Michelle Crames:

    I think the charter parents are very informed, a lot of us work very hard for our schools.

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