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charter

[chahr-ter]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. (often initial capital letter) a document defining the formal organization of a corporate body; constitution: the Charter of the United Nations.
  3. authorization from a central or parent organization to establish a new branch, chapter, etc.
  4. a grant by a sovereign power creating a corporation, as the royal charters granted to British colonies in America.
  5. Also called charter party. a contract by which part or all of a ship is leased for a voyage or a stated time.
  6. a tour, vacation, or trip by charter arrangement: The travel agency is offering charters to Europe and the Caribbean.
  7. special privilege or immunity.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to establish by charter: to charter a bank.
  2. to lease or hire for exclusive use: The company will charter six buses for the picnic.
  3. to give special favor or privilege to.
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adjective
  1. 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.
  2. that can be leased or hired for exclusive or private use: a charter boat for deep-sea fishing.
  3. done or held in accordance with a charter: a charter school.
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Origin of charter

1200–50; Middle English chartre < Old French < Latin chartul(a) little paper (by assimilation), equivalent to chart(a) (see charta) + -ula -ule
Related formschar·ter·a·ble, adjectivechar·ter·age, nounchar·ter·er, nounchar·ter·less, adjectivere·char·ter, verb (used with object), nounsub·char·ter, noun, verb
Can be confusedcharted chartered

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9. See hire.
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Examples from the Web for charterer

Historical Examples

  • As the charterer of this vessel and the leader of the expedition I have exercised extraordinary care in selecting my associates.

    The Ape, the Idiot &amp; Other People

    W. C. Morrow

  • "You did not hear me out, my dear charterer of the Sylvania," I replied, amused at the sudden check put upon his enthusiasm.

    Down South

    Oliver Optic

  • This is the contract between the owner of the ship, who lets it wholly or in part, and the charterer, the person who hires it.

  • We desire you particularly to call on Mr. Jacobus, a prominent merchant and charterer.


British Dictionary definitions for charterer

charter

noun
  1. a formal document from the sovereign or state incorporating a city, bank, college, etc, and specifying its purposes and rights
  2. (sometimes capital) a formal document granting or demanding from the sovereign power of a state certain rights or liberties
  3. a document issued by a society or an organization authorizing the establishment of a local branch or chapter
  4. a special privilege or exemption
  5. (often capital) the fundamental principles of an organization; constitutionthe Charter of the United Nations
    1. the hire or lease of transportation
    2. the agreement or contract regulating this
    3. (as modifier)a charter flight
  6. a law, policy, or decision containing a loophole which allows a specified group to engage more easily in an activity considered undesirablea beggars' charter
  7. maritime law another word for charterparty
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verb (tr)
  1. to lease or hire by charterparty
  2. to hire (a vehicle, etc)
  3. to grant a charter of incorporation or liberties to (a group or person)
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Derived Formscharterer, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French chartre, from Latin chartula a little paper, from charta leaf of papyrus; see chart
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Word Origin and History for charterer

charter

v.

early 15c., "provide with a charter," from charter (n.). Meaning "to hire" is attested from 1806. Related: Chartered; chartering.

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charter

n.

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.)).

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