- a vessel used mainly for carrying cargo.
- a large aircraft or spacecraft used primarily for transporting cargo and equipment: The space station of the future will be supplied by robot freighters.
- a person whose occupation it is to receive and forward freight.
- a person for whom freight is transported; shipper.
Origin of freighter
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Examples from the Web for freighter
The 7,000-ton freighter is still stocked with sake bottles and four fighter planes, and it is encircled by gray reef.A WWII Battle Frozen in Time
May 14, 2014
"Ahoy there, aboard the freighter," sounded a stern, determined voice.The Space Rover
Edwin K. Sloat
The British freighter Strathend, of 4,321 tons, was the first victim.
We just heard about it last evening, when the news came in on a freighter from there.Lone Star Planet
Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
Slipped into the village on a freighter at dusk one evening.
That freighter leaves to-night for Barbados with sugar machinery.Blow The Man Down
- a ship or aircraft designed for transporting cargo
- a person concerned with the loading or chartering of a ship
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Word Origin and History for freighter
1620s, "one who loads," agent noun from freight (v.). Meaning "a cargo vessel" is from 1839, American English.
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