- The definition of a charter is a grant of power to an organization or to an institution, defining the function, rights, obligations or privileges.
An example of charter is when a college is founded and a document made to outline the policies of the college.
- Charter is defined as reserving a boat, bus or aircraft for personal use.
An example of charter is when you rent a boat for the day.
- a franchise or written grant of specified rights made by a government or ruler to a person, corporation, etc.
- a document setting forth the aims and principles of a united group, as of nations
- the constitution of a city, setting forth its governmental organization and powers
- [C-] the Charter of the United Nations
- a document by which a society authorizes the organization of a local chapter or lodge
- a special privilege or exemption
- the hire or lease of a ship, bus, airplane, etc.
- the agreement governing this
- Eng. Law an instrument, esp. a deed
Origin of charterMiddle English chartre from Old French from Classical Latin chartula, diminutive of charta: see card
- to grant a charter to
- to hire or lease by charter
- to hire for exclusive use
- 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.
- 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.
- A document outlining the principles, functions, and organization of a corporate body; a constitution: the city charter.
- An authorization from a central organization to establish a local branch or chapter.
- Special privilege or immunity.
- a. A contract for the commercial leasing of a vessel or space on a vessel.b. The hiring or leasing of an aircraft, vessel, or other vehicle, especially for the exclusive, temporary use of a group of travelers.
- A written instrument given as evidence of agreement, transfer, or contract; a deed.
transitive verbchar·tered, char·ter·ing, char·ters
- To grant a charter to; establish by charter.
- To hire or lease by charter: charter an oil tanker.
- To hire (a bus or airplane, for example) for the exclusive, temporary use of a group of travelers.
Origin of charterMiddle English chartre from Old French from Latin chartula diminutive of charta paper made from papyrus ; see card 1.
- A document issued by some authority, creating a public or private institution, and defining its purposes and privileges.
- A similar document conferring rights and privileges on a person, corporation etc.
- A contract for the commercial leasing of a vessel, or space on a vessel.
- the temporary hiring or leasing of a vehicle.
- A deed.
- A special privilege, immunity, or exemption.
(third-person singular simple present charters, present participle chartering, simple past and past participle chartered)
charter - Legal Definition
- A formal document by which a sovereign or a government grants rights, powers, and privileges to a person, business, or the people.
- The highest law of any organization. See also articles of incorporation and by-law.
- The lease or rental of an airplane, bus, ship, or similar mode of transportation.
- A legislative act that establishes a corporation (including its purpose and basic governing structure) or defines a corporate franchise.
- See certificate of incorporation.
- See articles of incorporation.