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  1. goods, cargo, or lading transported for pay, whether by water, land, or air.
  2. the ordinary conveyance or means of transport of goods provided by common carriers (distinguished from express): Shipping by freight is less expensive.
  3. the charges, fee, or compensation paid for such transportation: We pay the freight.
  4. (especially in Britain) the cargo, or any part of the cargo, of a vessel; merchandise transported by water.
  5. Chiefly British. transportation of goods by water.
  6. freight train.
  7. Slang. cost or price, especially when high: I'd like a larger house, but can't afford the freight.
verb (used with object)
  1. to load; burden: a story heavily freighted with private meaning.
  2. to load with goods or merchandise for transportation: It took all night to freight the ship.
  3. to transport as freight; send by freight.

Origin of freight

1350–1400; Middle English freyght (noun) < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vrecht, variant of vracht. See fraught
Related formsfreight·less, adjectiveo·ver·freight, verb (used with object)un·freight·ed, adjective

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1. Freight, cargo, shipment refer to goods being transported from place to place. Freight is the general term for goods transported from one place to another by any means: to send freight from New York to New Orleans. Cargo is the term generally used for goods carried by ship or plane: to send a cargo to Europe. Shipment is a quantity of goods destined for a particular place, no matter how sent: a shipment of potatoes. 3. freightage, haulage. 8. charge. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of freight

  • She was to receive a freight of flour, for Cowes and a market.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • "My name is 'Dennis,' if I don't beat that freight," she retorted curtly.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • He had come at twenty-two, beating his way on freight trains.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • There are long lines of freight cars here and snorting locomotives.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Some of them did not unload, but others dumped piles of freight by the docks.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

British Dictionary definitions for freight


    1. commercial transport that is slower and cheaper than express
    2. the price charged for such transport
    3. goods transported by this means
    4. (as modifier)freight transport
  1. mainly British a ship's cargo or part of it
verb (tr)
  1. to load with goods for transport
  2. mainly US and Canadian to convey commercially as or by freight
  3. to load or burden; charge
Derived Formsfreightless, adjective

Word Origin for freight

C16: from Middle Dutch vrecht; related to French fret, Spanish flete, Portuguese frete
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Word Origin and History for freight

early 13c., fraght, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vracht, vrecht, meaning originally "cost of transport" and probably from a lost Old Frisian word, from Proto-Germanic *fra-aihtiz "absolute possession, property" (cf. Old High German freht "earnings"), from *fra-, intensive prefix, + *aik "to be master of, possess," from PIE *aik- (see owe). Meaning "transporting of goods or passengers for money" is from late 14c. Danish fragt, Swedish frakt apparently also are from Frisian. As a verb, from late 14c.

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