What does freight mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term freight:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cargo, lading, freight, load, loading, payload, shipment, consignment(noun)

    goods carried by a large vehicle

  2. freight, freightage(noun)

    transporting goods commercially at rates cheaper than express rates

  3. freight, freightage, freight rate(verb)

    the charge for transporting something by common carrier

    "we pay the freight"; "the freight rate is usually cheaper"

  4. freight(verb)

    transport commercially as cargo

  5. freight(verb)

    load with goods for transportation


  1. freight(Noun)

    Payment for transportation.

    The freight was more expensive for cars than for coal.

  2. freight(Noun)

    Goods or items in transport.

    The freight shifted and the trailer turned over on the highway.

  3. freight(Noun)

    Transport of goods.

    They shipped it ordinary freight to spare the expense.

  4. freight(Verb)

    To transport (goods).

  5. freight(Verb)

    To load with freight.

  6. Origin: From freyght, from vracht, vrecht, ultimately from + aihtiz, from eiḱ-, equivalent to . Cognate with freht, æht. More at for-, own.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Freight(noun)

    that with which anything in fraught or laden for transportation; lading; cargo, especially of a ship, or a car on a railroad, etc.; as, a freight of cotton; a full freight

  2. Freight(noun)

    the sum paid by a party hiring a ship or part of a ship for the use of what is thus hired

  3. Freight(noun)

    the price paid a common carrier for the carriage of goods

  4. Freight(noun)

    freight transportation, or freight line

  5. Freight(adj)

    employed in the transportation of freight; having to do with freight; as, a freight car

  6. Freight(verb)

    to load with goods, as a ship, or vehicle of any kind, for transporting them from one place to another; to furnish with freight; as, to freight a ship; to freight a car

  7. Origin: [F. fret, OHG. frht merit, reward. See Fraught, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Freight

    frāt, n. the lading or cargo, esp. of a ship; the charge for transporting goods by water.—v.t. to load a ship.—ns. Freight′age, money paid for freight; Freight′er, one who freights a vessel. [Prob. Old Dut. vrecht, a form of vracht.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. freight

    By former English maritime law it became the mother of wages, as the crew were obliged to moor the ship on her return in the docks or forfeit them. So severely was the axiom maintained, that if a ship was lost by misfortune, tempest, enemy, or fire, wages also were forfeited, because the freight out of which they were to arise had perished with it. This harsh measure was intended to augment the care of the seamen for the welfare of the ship, but no longer holds, for by the merchant shipping act it is enacted that no right of wages shall be dependent on the earning of freight; in cases of wreck, however, proof that a man has not done his utmost bars his claim. Also, for the burden or lading of a ship. (See DEAD-FREIGHT.) Also, a duty of 50 sols per ton formerly paid to the government of France by the masters of foreign vessels going in or out of the several ports of that kingdom. All vessels not built in France were accounted foreign unless two-thirds of the crew were French. The Dutch and the Hanse towns were exempted from this duty of freight.--To freight a vessel, means to employ her for the carriage of goods and passengers.

Anagrams for freight »

  1. refight

  2. fighter

How to pronounce freight?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of freight in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of freight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of freight in a Sentence

  1. Don Ake:

    Fleets are cautious as freight demand has cooled off this year.

  2. Erik Stavseth:

    Our view is that LNG freight rates will remain in the doldrums this year.

  3. Anoop Singh:

    Their absence was key to the soaring freight rates seen in Q4 and early January.

  4. Keith Brock:

    The sound was deafening, like 100 freight trains, ground was bouncing up and down.

  5. Christian Buss:

    Air freight costs you $2 to $2.50 per garment ... versus 40 cents for putting it on a boat.

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