public charge


a person who is in economic distress and is supported at government expense: He assured the American consul that the prospective immigrant would not become a public charge.

Nearby words

  1. public affairs,
  2. public assistance,
  3. public bar,
  4. public bill,
  5. public broadcasting service,
  6. public company,
  7. public convenience,
  8. public corporation,
  9. public debt,
  10. public defender

Origin of public charge

First recorded in 1880–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019