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[frey-ter] /ˈfreɪ tər/
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
First recorded in 1615-25; freight + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I checked the path and timing of both Willy's asteroid and the freighter.

    Jack of No Trades Charles Cottrell
  • The freighter waved his hand to them with a little, dry smile.

    The Gold Trail Harold Bindloss
  • No enemy planes showed up, however, and the freighter bored along.

    A Yankee Flier in Italy Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • The British freighter Strathend, of 4,321 tons, was the first victim.

  • What was the name of the freighter who brought you over the portage?

    The Woman from Outside Hulbert Footner
  • 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
  • Then the freighter perceived the interest he had created, and promptly became expansive.

    The One-Way Trail Ridgwell Cullum
  • Or hire a small-boat to get you out of the system and flag down a freighter for you.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • Then he ran it forward again and watched the load settle to the freighter's deck.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
British Dictionary definitions for freighter


a ship or aircraft designed for transporting cargo
a person concerned with the loading or chartering of a ship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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