[ freyt ]
/ freɪt /


verb (used with object)

Origin of freight

1350–1400; Middle English freyght (noun) < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vrecht, variant of vracht. See fraught


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.


freight·less, adjectiveo·ver·freight, verb (used with object)un·freight·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for freight

/ (freɪt) /


  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
mainly British a ship's cargo or part of it

verb (tr)

to load with goods for transport
mainly US and Canadian to convey commercially as or by freight
to load or burden; charge

Derived forms of freight

freightless, adjective

Word Origin for freight

C16: from Middle Dutch vrecht; related to French fret, Spanish flete, Portuguese frete
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