verb (used with object)


    off the charts, greatly exceeding the general level or average: Demand for the new phone is off the charts.Also off the chart.

Origin of chart

1565–75; < Middle French charte < Latin c(h)arta; see charta
Related formschart·a·ble, adjectivepre·chart, verb (used with object)pre·chart·ed, adjectivere·chart, verb (used with object)well-chart·ed, adjective
Can be confusedcharted chartered

Synonyms for chart

3. See map. 9. draft, outline, draw up.


(in prescriptions) a paper.

Origin of chart.

From the Latin word charta Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chart

Contemporary Examples of chart

Historical Examples of chart

  • The captain looked at it through his glass, and then examined the chart.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • It is no new sea, returned Altamont; it is in every Polar chart, and has a name already.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

  • It was the compass by which he steered and learned to chart the manners of a new land and life.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • Madden was leaning over the chart scrutinizing it with careful eyes.

  • I looked at his chart, and saw that he was over 102 degrees.

British Dictionary definitions for chart



a map designed to aid navigation by sea or air
an outline map, esp one on which weather information is plotted
a sheet giving graphical, tabular, or diagrammatical information
another name for graph (def. 1)
astrology another word for horoscope (def. 3)
the charts informal the lists produced weekly from various sources of the bestselling pop singles and albums or the most popular videos


(tr) to make a chart of
(tr) to make a detailed plan of
(tr) to plot or outline the course of
(intr) (of a record or video) to appear in the charts (sense 6)
Derived Formschartable, adjective

Word Origin for chart

C16: from Latin, from Greek khartēs papyrus, literally: something on which to make marks; related to Greek kharattein to engrave
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for chart

1570s, "map for the use of navigators," from Middle French charte "card, map," from Late Latin charta "paper, card, map" (see card (n.1)).

Charte is the original form of the French word in all senses, but after 14c. (perhaps by influence of Italian cognate carta), carte began to supplant it. English used both carte and card 15c.-17c. for "chart, map," and in 17c. chart could mean "playing card," but the words have gone their separate ways and chart has predominated since in the "map" sense. In the music score sense from 1957.


1837, "to enter onto a map or chart," from chart (n.). In the commercial recording sense, a reference to appearing on the "Billboard" magazine music popularity chart is by 1961. The chart itself was printed from c.1942. Related: Charted; charting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

chart in Medicine




A recording, in tabular form, of clinical data relating to a case.
A group of symbols of graduated size for measuring visual acuity.
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