[ chahr-ter ]
/ ˈtʃɑr tər /


verb (used with object)


Origin of charter

1200–50; Middle English chartre < Old French < Latin chartul(a) little paper (by assimilation), equivalent to chart(a) (see charta) + -ula -ule
9 See hire.
Related forms
Can be confusedcharted chartered Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for charterer

  • We desire you particularly to call on Mr. Jacobus, a prominent merchant and charterer.

    'Twixt Land &amp; Sea|Joseph Conrad
  • As the charterer of this vessel and the leader of the expedition I have exercised extraordinary care in selecting my associates.

  • This is the contract between the owner of the ship, who lets it wholly or in part, and the charterer, the person who hires it.

  • "You did not hear me out, my dear charterer of the Sylvania," I replied, amused at the sudden check put upon his enthusiasm.

    Down South|Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for charterer


/ (ˈtʃɑːtə) /


verb (tr)

Derived Formscharterer, 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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