Charter meaning

chär'tər
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.

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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.
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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.

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A document outlining the principles, functions, and organization of a corporate body; a constitution.

The city charter.

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To hire (a bus or airplane, for example) for the exclusive, temporary use of a group of travelers.
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An instrument, esp. a deed.
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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.

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An authorization from a central organization to establish a local branch or chapter.
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Special privilege or immunity.
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A written instrument given as evidence of agreement, transfer, or contract; a deed.
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Of, relating to, or being an arrangement in which transportation is leased by a group of travelers for their exclusive, temporary use.
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To grant a charter to; establish by charter.
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To hire or lease by charter.

Charter an oil tanker.

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A franchise or written grant of specified rights made by a government or ruler to a person, corporation, etc.
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A document by which a society authorizes the organization of a local chapter or lodge.
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A special privilege or exemption.
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To grant a charter to.
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To hire or lease by charter.
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To hire for exclusive use.
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A formal document by which a sovereign or a government grants rights, powers, and privileges to a person, business, or the people.
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The highest law of any organization. See also articles of incorporation and by-law.
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The lease or rental of an airplane, bus, ship, or similar mode of transportation.
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A legislative act that establishes a corporation (including its purpose and basic governing structure) or defines a corporate franchise.
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See certificate of incorporation.
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See Magna Carta.
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A similar document conferring rights and privileges on a person, corporation etc.
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A contract for the commercial leasing of a vessel, or space on a vessel.
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The temporary hiring or leasing of a vehicle.
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A deed.
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A special privilege, immunity, or exemption.
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To grant or establish a charter.
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To lease or hire something by charter.
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Origin of charter

  • Middle English chartre from Old French from Latin chartula diminutive of charta paper made from papyrus card1
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French chartre, from Latin chartula (diminutive of charta).
    From Wiktionary