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English Dictionary: charter by the DICT Development Group
3 results for charter
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a document incorporating an institution and specifying its rights; includes the articles of incorporation and the certificate of incorporation
  2. a contract to hire or lease transportation
  1. hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services
    Synonym(s): rent, hire, charter, lease
  2. grant a charter to
  3. engage for service under a term of contract; "We took an apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we take a guide in Rome?"
    Synonym(s): lease, rent, hire, charter, engage, take
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Charter \Char"ter\, n. [OF. chartre, F. chartre, charte, fr. L.
      chartula a little paper, dim. of charta. See {Chart},
      1. A written evidence in due form of things done or granted,
            contracts made, etc., between man and man; a deed, or
            conveyance. [Archaic]
      2. An instrument in writing, from the sovereign power of a
            state or country, executed in due form, bestowing rights,
            franchises, or privileges.
                     The king [John, a.d. 1215], with a facility somewhat
                     suspicious, signed and sealed the charter which was
                     required of him. This famous deed, commonly called
                     the [bd]Great Charter,[b8] either granted or secured
                     very important liberties and privileges to every
                     order of men in the kingdom.               --Hume.
      3. 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.
      4. A special privilege, immunity, or exemption.
                     My mother, Who has a charter to extol her blood,
                     When she does praise me, grieves me.   --Shak.
      5. (Com.) The letting or hiring a vessel by special contract,
            or the contract or instrument whereby a vessel is hired or
            let; as, a ship is offered for sale or charter. See
            {Charter party}, below.
      {Charter land} (O. Eng. Law), land held by charter, or in
            socage; bookland.
      {Charter member}, one of the original members of a society or
            corporation, esp. one named in a charter, or taking part
            in the first proceedings under it.
      {Charter party} [F. chartre partie, or charte partie, a
            divided charter; from the practice of cutting the
            instrument of contract in two, and giving one part to each
            of the contractors] (Com.), a mercantile lease of a
            vessel; a specific contract by which the owners of a
            vessel let the entire vessel, or some principal part of
            the vessel, to another person, to be used by the latter in
            transportation for his own account, either under their
            charge or his.
      {People's Charter} (Eng. Hist.), the document which embodied
            the demands made by the Chartists, so called, upon the
            English government in 1838.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Charter \Char"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Chartered}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Chartering}.]
      1. To establish by charter.
      2. To hire or let by charter, as a ship. See {Charter party},
            under {Charter}, n.
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