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charter

[ chahr-ter ]
/ ˈtʃɑr tər /
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Definition of charter

noun
verb (used with object)
adjective
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Origin of charter

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

synonym study for charter

9. See hire.

OTHER WORDS FROM charter

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH charter

charted, chartered
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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.

 

 

Try using charter!

Which of the following is NOT a synonym for charter?

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

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British Dictionary definitions for charter

charter
/ (ˈtʃɑːtə) /

noun
verb (tr)

Derived forms of charter

charterer, noun

Word Origin for charter

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