- a document, issued by a sovereign or state, outlining the conditions under which a corporation, colony, city, or other corporate body is organized, and defining its rights and privileges.
- (often initial capital letter) a document defining the formal organization of a corporate body; constitution: the Charter of the United Nations.
- authorization from a central or parent organization to establish a new branch, chapter, etc.
- a grant by a sovereign power creating a corporation, as the royal charters granted to British colonies in America.
- Also called charter party. a contract by which part or all of a ship is leased for a voyage or a stated time.
- a tour, vacation, or trip by charter arrangement: The travel agency is offering charters to Europe and the Caribbean.
- special privilege or immunity.
- to establish by charter: to charter a bank.
- to lease or hire for exclusive use: The company will charter six buses for the picnic.
- to give special favor or privilege to.
- of or relating to a method of travel in which the transportation is specially leased or hired for members of a group or association: a charter flight to Europe.
- that can be leased or hired for exclusive or private use: a charter boat for deep-sea fishing.
- done or held in accordance with a charter: a charter school.
Origin of charter
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Examples from the Web for chartered
The TVA, a federally owned and chartered electric power provider, is a New Deal legacy just like Social Security.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern
January 2, 2015
As for Snyderman and her three colleagues, whose names were also withheld, they will be flown home on a chartered aircraft.NBC Cameraman Gets Ebola, News Crew to Be Quarantined
October 3, 2014
If Katz was using a chartered jet, “maybe that explains it,” Rendell said.Ed Rendell: I Could Have Been on Inquirer Owner Lewis Katz’s Crashed Jet
June 1, 2014
It would also mean logging one heck of a lot more miles on that chartered plane, and probably larger staffs.Would a National Popular Vote Be Better?
November 6, 2012
Last year, just after performing at a football game in November, Champion collapsed on the school's chartered bus.FAMU ‘Marching 100’ Case Raises Veil on Secret Hazing Rituals
May 8, 2012
In 1874 three new companies were chartered and railroad building was resumed.The Railroad Question
Then he had chartered a liner privately for his venture in piracy.The Space Rover
Edwin K. Sloat
I chartered a burly "contraban" to carry my luggage, and we started.War from the Inside
Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
This general law, however, did not apply to chartered cities.
The steamer Greyhound a captured blockade-runner, was chartered.Charles Carleton Coffin
William Elliot Griffis, D. D.
- (of a professional person) having attained certain professional qualifications or standards and acquired membership of a particular professional body
- a formal document from the sovereign or state incorporating a city, bank, college, etc, and specifying its purposes and rights
- (sometimes capital) a formal document granting or demanding from the sovereign power of a state certain rights or liberties
- a document issued by a society or an organization authorizing the establishment of a local branch or chapter
- a special privilege or exemption
- (often capital) the fundamental principles of an organization; constitutionthe Charter of the United Nations
- the hire or lease of transportation
- the agreement or contract regulating this
- (as modifier)a charter flight
- a law, policy, or decision containing a loophole which allows a specified group to engage more easily in an activity considered undesirablea beggars' charter
- maritime law another word for charterparty
- to lease or hire by charterparty
- to hire (a vehicle, etc)
- to grant a charter of incorporation or liberties to (a group or person)
Word Origin and History for chartered
early 15c., "provide with a charter," from charter (n.). Meaning "to hire" is attested from 1806. Related: Chartered; chartering.
c.1200, from Old French chartre (12c.) "charter, letter, document, covenant," from Latin chartula, literally "little paper," diminutive of charta, carta "paper, document" (see chart (n.)).