- 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.
- (often initial capital letter) a document defining the formal organization of a corporate body; constitution: the Charter of the United Nations.
- authorization from a central or parent organization to establish a new branch, chapter, etc.
- a grant by a sovereign power creating a corporation, as the royal charters granted to British colonies in America.
- Also called charter party. a contract by which part or all of a ship is leased for a voyage or a stated time.
- a tour, vacation, or trip by charter arrangement: The travel agency is offering charters to Europe and the Caribbean.
- special privilege or immunity.
- to establish by charter: to charter a bank.
- to lease or hire for exclusive use: The company will charter six buses for the picnic.
- to give special favor or privilege to.
- 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.
- that can be leased or hired for exclusive or private use: a charter boat for deep-sea fishing.
- done or held in accordance with a charter: a charter school.
Origin of charter
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Examples from the Web for charter
A second document was titled: “Gambia Reborn: A Charter for Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy and Development.”The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
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.
Nothing,” Klein notes, “was more threatening to the education status quo in New York City than our charter school initiative.
Neither was there a return to the loyal but small ghetto of Charter 77.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
He can Take her In by not keeping his appointment, or—he can charter an omnibus if he likes.
They followed him, and on Twelfth Day laid the charter before him.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
One element of his success was no doubt the change in the charter.Quotes and Images From The Works of Charles Dudley Warner
Charles Dudley Warner
The chiefs and their children had the same 145 charter of the sword.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
Secure in their charter, they presently left England for good.The Siege of Boston
- a formal document from the sovereign or state incorporating a city, bank, college, etc, and specifying its purposes and rights
- (sometimes capital) a formal document granting or demanding from the sovereign power of a state certain rights or liberties
- a document issued by a society or an organization authorizing the establishment of a local branch or chapter
- a special privilege or exemption
- (often capital) the fundamental principles of an organization; constitutionthe Charter of the United Nations
- the hire or lease of transportation
- the agreement or contract regulating this
- (as modifier)a charter flight
- a law, policy, or decision containing a loophole which allows a specified group to engage more easily in an activity considered undesirablea beggars' charter
- maritime law another word for charterparty
- to lease or hire by charterparty
- to hire (a vehicle, etc)
- to grant a charter of incorporation or liberties to (a group or person)
Word Origin and History for charter
c.1200, from Old French chartre (12c.) "charter, letter, document, covenant," from Latin chartula, literally "little paper," diminutive of charta, carta "paper, document" (see chart (n.)).
early 15c., "provide with a charter," from charter (n.). Meaning "to hire" is attested from 1806. Related: Chartered; chartering.