- The definition of freight is cargo or goods transported by truck or other means of transportation, or the amount you are charged to transport goods.
An example of freight is raw lumber that is transported from loggers to a furniture factory.
The freight being cared by this truck is logs.
- a method or service for transporting goods, esp. bulky goods, by water, land, or air: freight is usually cheaper but slower than express
- the cost for such transportation
- the goods transported; lading; cargo
- ☆ freight train
- any load or burden
Origin of freightMiddle English freit, fraught ; from Middle Dutch vracht: see fraught
- to load with freight
- to load; burden
- to transport as or send by freight
- Goods carried by a vessel or vehicle, especially by a commercial carrier; cargo.
- A burden; a load.
- a. Commercial transportation of goods.b. The charge for transporting goods. Also called freightage.
- A railway train carrying goods only.
transitive verbfreight·ed, freight·ing, freights
- To convey commercially as cargo.
- To load with goods to be transported.
Origin of freightMiddle English fraught, freight, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vracht, vrecht; see aik- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present freights, present participle freighting, simple past and past participle freighted)
From Middle English freyght, from Middle Dutch vracht, Middle Low German vrecht (“cost of transport”), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *fra- (intensive prefix) + Proto-Germanic *aihtiz (“possession”), from Proto-Indo-European *eiḱ- (“to possess”), equivalent to for- + aught. Cognate with Old High German frēht (“earnings”), Old English ǣht (“owndom”). More at for-, own.