verb (used with object)

to charter (a ship) as a freight carrier.

Origin of affreight

1840–50; < French affréter (respelling by influence of freight), equivalent to a- a-5 (< Latin ad- ad-) + fréter to hire a ship, derivative of fret freight, Old French < Middle Dutch
Related formsaf·freight·er, nounaf·freight·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for affreightment



a contract hiring a ship to carry goods

Word Origin for affreightment

C19: from French affréter to charter a ship, from fret freight
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