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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A document issued by a sovereign, legislature, or other authority, creating a public or private corporation, such as a city, college, or bank, and defining its privileges and purposes.
  • n. A written grant from the sovereign power of a country conferring certain rights and privileges on a person, a corporation, or the people: A royal charter exempted the Massachusetts colony from direct interference by the Crown.
  • n. A document outlining the principles, functions, and organization of a corporate body; a constitution: the city charter.
  • n. An authorization from a central organization to establish a local branch or chapter.
  • n. Special privilege or immunity.
  • n. A contract for the commercial leasing of a vessel or space on a vessel.
  • n. The hiring or leasing of an aircraft, vessel, or other vehicle, especially for the exclusive, temporary use of a group of travelers.
  • n. A written instrument given as evidence of agreement, transfer, or contract; a deed.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being an arrangement in which transportation is leased by a group of travelers for their exclusive, temporary use.
  • transitive v. To grant a charter to; establish by charter.
  • transitive v. To hire or lease by charter: charter an oil tanker.
  • transitive v. To hire (a bus or airplane, for example) for the exclusive, temporary use of a group of travelers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a document issued by some authority, creating a public or private institution, and defining its purposes and privileges
  • n. a similar document conferring rights and privileges on a person, corporation etc
  • n. a contract for the commercial leasing of a vessel, or space on a vessel
  • n. the temporary hiring or leasing of a vehicle
  • n. a deed
  • adj. leased or hired
  • v. to grant or establish a charter
  • v. to lease or hire something by charter

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A written evidence in due form of things done or granted, contracts made, etc., between man and man; a deed, or conveyance.
  • n. An instrument in writing, from the sovereign power of a state or country, executed in due form, bestowing rights, franchises, or privileges.
  • n. An act of a legislative body creating a municipal or other corporation and defining its powers and privileges. Also, an instrument in writing from the constituted authorities of an order or society (as the Freemasons), creating a lodge and defining its powers.
  • n. A special privilege, immunity, or exemption.
  • n. The letting or hiring a vessel by special contract, or the contract or instrument whereby a vessel is hired or let. See Charter party, below.
  • transitive v. To establish by charter.
  • transitive v. To hire or let by charter, as a ship. See Charter party, under Charter, n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A written instrument, expressed in formal terms and formally executed, given as evidence of a grant, contract, etc.; any instrument, executed with form and solemuity, bestowing rights and privileges.
  • n. Privilege; immunity; exemption.
  • n. In com.: The letting or hiring of a ship by special contract: as, a ship is offered for sale or charter. The limits or terms of such a contract. The written instrument embodying the terms of the contract.
  • n. In Eng. politics, a sort of claim of rights, or document embodying the demands or principles of the Chartists. See Chartist.
  • To hire or let by charter, as a ship. See charterparty.
  • To establish by charter: as, to charter a bank.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. grant a charter to
  • v. hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services
  • n. a document incorporating an institution and specifying its rights; includes the articles of incorporation and the certificate of incorporation
  • v. engage for service under a term of contract
  • n. a contract to hire or lease transportation

Etymologies

Middle English chartre, from Old French, from Latin chartula, diminutive of charta, paper made from papyrus; see card1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French chartre, from Latin chartula (diminutif of charta). (Wiktionary)

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