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  1. a vessel used mainly for carrying cargo.
  2. a large aircraft or spacecraft used primarily for transporting cargo and equipment: The space station of the future will be supplied by robot freighters.
  3. a person whose occupation it is to receive and forward freight.
  4. a person for whom freight is transported; shipper.
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Origin of freighter

First recorded in 1615–25; freight + -er1
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Related Words for freighter

wagon, van, car, crate, pickup, rig, jeep, freighter, lorry, buggy, dump, wheels, carryall, semi, eighteen-wheeler

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British Dictionary definitions for freighter


  1. a ship or aircraft designed for transporting cargo
  2. a person concerned with the loading or chartering of a ship
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Word Origin and History for freighter


1620s, "one who loads," agent noun from freight (v.). Meaning "a cargo vessel" is from 1839, American English.

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