Meaning of charter


What do rock gods do when they travel? They charter their own plane, of course. Charter means you rent or lease a particular service or object. Anyone can charter something, though lesser mortals tend to limit themselves to buses.

Charter comes from the Latin charta, meaning “paper, card or map.” As a noun, charter refers to a written document outlining — or mapping — the rights and obligations of a company or organization, or even, in older days, a town or entire colony. New York City was given a charter, for example, by the British monarch in the 17th century, guaranteeing it certain rights in exchange for goods and services. Today corporations still have charters governing their behavior.

Definitions of charter
  1. noun

    a document incorporating an institution and specifying its rights; includes the articles of incorporation and the certificate of incorporation

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    The Great Charter

    the royal charter of political rights given to rebellious English barons by King John in 1215

    bank charter

    a charter authorizing the operation of a bank
    royal charter

    a charter granted by the sovereign (especially in Great Britain)
    type of:

    document, papers, written document

    writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)

  2. verb

    grant a charter to

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    type of:

    certify, licence, license

    authorize officially

  3. verb

    engage for service under a term of contract


    engage, hire, lease, rent, take

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    type of:

    acquire, get

    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

  4. verb

    hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services


    hire, lease, rent

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    contract, undertake

    enter into a contractual arrangement

  5. noun

    a contract to hire or lease transportation

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    a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law

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