As the charterer of this vessel and the leader of the expedition I have exercised extraordinary care in selecting my associates.
"You did not hear me out, my dear charterer of the Sylvania," I replied, amused at the sudden check put upon his enthusiasm.
We desire you particularly to call on Mr. Jacobus, a prominent merchant and charterer.
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.
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.)).
early 15c., "provide with a charter," from charter (n.). Meaning "to hire" is attested from 1806. Related: Chartered; chartering.