- The Magna Carta is defined as a legal document signed by King John of England on June 15, 1215 which stopped taxation without legislative approval and guaranteed a trial or legal process before taking a person's liberty or property.
An example of the Magna Carta was a document that gave the Englishman the right to have a trial before his property was taken due to unpaid back taxes.
A replica of the Magna Carta.
or Magna Charta
Origin of Magna CartaMedieval Latin literally , great charter
or Mag·na Char·ta
Origin of Magna CartaMiddle English, from Medieval Latin : Latin magna, great + charta, charter.
Latin Magna Carta meaning "great charter".