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[ chahr-ter ]


  1. a document, issued by a sovereign or state, outlining the conditions under which a corporation, colony, city, or other corporate body is organized, and defining its rights and privileges.
  2. (often initial capital letter) a document defining the formal organization of a corporate body; constitution:

    the Charter of the United Nations.

  3. authorization from a central or parent organization to establish a new branch, chapter, etc.
  4. a grant by a sovereign power creating a corporation, as the royal charters granted to British colonies in America.
  5. Also called charter party. a contract by which part or all of a ship is leased for a voyage or a stated time.
  6. a tour, vacation, or trip by charter arrangement:

    The travel agency is offering charters to Europe and the Caribbean.

  7. special privilege or immunity.

verb (used with object)

  1. to establish by charter:

    to charter a bank.

  2. to lease or hire for exclusive use:

    The company will charter six buses for the picnic.

  3. to give special favor or privilege to.


  1. of or relating to a method of travel in which the transportation is specially leased or hired for members of a group or association:

    a charter flight to Europe.

  2. that can be leased or hired for exclusive or private use:

    a charter boat for deep-sea fishing.

  3. done or held in accordance with a charter:

    a charter school.


/ ˈtʃɑːtə /


  1. a formal document from the sovereign or state incorporating a city, bank, college, etc, and specifying its purposes and rights
  2. sometimes capital a formal document granting or demanding from the sovereign power of a state certain rights or liberties
  3. a document issued by a society or an organization authorizing the establishment of a local branch or chapter
  4. a special privilege or exemption
  5. often capital the fundamental principles of an organization; constitution

    the Charter of the United Nations

    1. the hire or lease of transportation
    2. the agreement or contract regulating this
    3. ( as modifier )

      a charter flight

  6. a law, policy, or decision containing a loophole which allows a specified group to engage more easily in an activity considered undesirable

    a beggars' charter

  7. maritime law another word for charterparty


  1. to lease or hire by charterparty
  2. to hire (a vehicle, etc)
  3. to grant a charter of incorporation or liberties to (a group or person)

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Derived Forms

  • ˈcharterer, noun

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Other Words From

  • charter·a·ble adjective
  • charter·age noun
  • charter·er noun
  • charter·less adjective
  • re·charter verb (used with object) noun
  • subcharter noun verb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of charter1

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English chartre from Old French from Latin chartul(a) “little paper,” equivalent to chart(a) ( charta ) + -ula -ule

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Word History and Origins

Origin of charter1

C13: from Old French chartre, from Latin chartula a little paper, from charta leaf of papyrus; see chart

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Synonym Study

See hire.

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Example Sentences

She left a charter school downtown and enrolled in Lincoln because she wanted to be part of the Lincoln community.

What looked at first like reasons to attend a charter school, to me felt like reasons why we are losing kids at my public school.

Generally speaking, within online schools – most of these are charter schools that are also publicly funded by the state – attendance is based on the amount of work students complete.

Trains had been chartered, and officials decided not to cancel.

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Meanwhile, some charter schools like e3 Civic High are moving quickly to incorporate curriculum reflecting underrepresented communities in existing history and English classes.

A second document was titled: “Gambia Reborn: A Charter for Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy and Development.”

In neighborhoods such as Harlem, 33 percent of students attend charter schools, a majority of them black or Latino.

JetBlue has been flying charter jets to Cuba for three years, and others are sure to follow.

Klein paints a rosy picture of the charter schools, while admitting that not all outperformed traditional public schools.

Charter schools, rejecting the tenet of promotion through seniority, promised to do better.

First permanent settlement began in 1669; original charter included North Carolina and Georgia.

Benefit societies may be purely voluntary associations or incorporated either by statute or charter.

They thus establish a law for themselves somewhat like a charter of a corporation.

Gainful corporations have no such power unless it has been granted by their charter or by statute.

A company cannot purchase its own shares unless by charter or statute such action is clearly authorized.


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More About Charter

What does charter mean?

A charter is a document that defines the exact structure, rights, and organization of a state, colony, corporation, or similar, as in The American colonies were governed by charters authorized by the king of England.

A charter is also authorization from a central organization for a sub-organization, like a chapter or branch.

To charter means to establish a sub-organization, like a branch or colony, as in The company just chartered its fourth branch this year.

A charter can also describe a trip or method of transportation that is organized and established by a corporation or group.

Related to this, to charter means to rent or lease for exclusive use, such as for a trip, as in The school chartered buses to take the soccer team to away games.

Example: The Charter of the United Nations established the basis for what the organization is today.

Where does charter come from?

The first records of the term charter come from the 1200s. It ultimately comes from the Latin chartula, meaning “little paper.”

Physical charters are important parts of history, international affairs, and the business world because they explicitly describe the formation of, values of, and organization of groups that have influence over a large number of people. The charters that governed the colonies in the United States are still studied today to better understand how the colonies worked.

Anything that is established, or chartered, by a group has the full support of the parent organization. A good example of this is a charter school, which acts independently from the local department of education but still receives government funding.

Unchartered is commonly misused to mean “unexplored,” as a substitute for uncharted, but unchartered actually means “without proper authority.”

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What are some other forms related to charter?

  • charterable (adjective)
  • charterage (noun)
  • charterer (noun)
  • charterless (adjective)
  • recharter (noun, verb)

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How is charter used in real life?

Charters are common in states, corporations, and other organizations.



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Which of the following is NOT a synonym for charter?

A. deny
B. authorize
C. employ
D. allow




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