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).]] A charter is the grant of authority or rights, stating that the granter formally recognizes the prerogative of the recipient to exercise the rights specified. It is implicit that the granter retains superiority (or sovereignty), and that the recipient admits a limited (or inferior) status within the relationship, and it is within that sense that charters were historically granted, and that sense is retained in modern usage of the term. Also, charter can simply be a document giving royal permission to start a colony.

The word entered the English language from the Old French charte (ultimately from the Latin word for "paper"), but the concept is universal and transcends language. It has come to be synonymous with the document that lays out the granting of rights or privileges.

Colloquial usages

The term is used for a special case (or as an exception) to an institutional charter. A charter school, for example, is one that has different rules, regulations, and statutes than a public school.

Charter is sometimes used as a synonym for 'rent' or 'lease', as in the 'charter' of a bus or boat by an organization, intended for a similar group destination.

A charter member of an organization is an original member; that is, one who became a member when the organization received its charter.

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Pronunciation

Etymology

From Old French chartre, from Latin chartula (diminutif of charta).

Noun

Singular
charter

Plural
charters

charter (plural charters)

  1. a document issued by some authority, creating a public or private institution, and defining its purposes and privileges
  2. a similar document conferring rights and privileges on a person, corporation etc
  3. a contract for the commercial leasing of a vessel, or space on a vessel
  4. the temporary hiring or leasing of a vehicle
  5. a deed

Translations

Adjective

charter (not comparable)

Positive
charter

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. leased or hired

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to charter

Third person singular
charters

Simple past
chartered

Past participle
chartered

Present participle
chartering

to charter (third-person singular simple present charters, present participle chartering, simple past and past participle chartered)

  1. (transitive) to grant or establish a charter
  2. (transitive) to lease or hire something by charter

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Anagrams


French

Etymology

From English charter.

Noun

charter m. (plural charters)

  1. a charter flight
  2. a charter plane
  3. a charter pilot

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Italian

Etymology

From English charter

Noun

charter m. inv.

  1. Charter plane or flight

Adjective

charter inv.

  1. charter (attributive)

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