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verb (used with object)
  1. to charter (a ship) as a freight carrier.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • Charter-party, chrt′ėr-pr′ti, n. the common written form in which the contract of affreightment is expressed—viz.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


British Dictionary definitions for affreightment


  1. a contract hiring a ship to carry goods
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Word Origin

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