Charter
Charter Char"ter, n. [OF. chartre, F. chartre, charte, fr. L. chartula a little paper, dim. of charta. See {Chart}, {Card}.] 1. A written evidence in due form of things done or granted, contracts made, etc., between man and man; a deed, or conveyance. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

2. An instrument in writing, from the sovereign power of a state or country, executed in due form, bestowing rights, franchises, or privileges. [1913 Webster]

The king [John, a.d. 1215], with a facility somewhat suspicious, signed and sealed the charter which was required of him. This famous deed, commonly called the ``Great Charter,'' either granted or secured very important liberties and privileges to every order of men in the kingdom. --Hume. [1913 Webster]

3. An act of a legislative body creating a municipal or other corporation and defining its powers and privileges. Also, an instrument in writing from the constituted authorities of an order or society (as the Freemasons), creating a lodge and defining its powers. [1913 Webster]

4. A special privilege, immunity, or exemption. [1913 Webster]

My mother, Who has a charter to extol her blood, When she does praise me, grieves me. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. (Com.) The letting or hiring a vessel by special contract, or the contract or instrument whereby a vessel is hired or let; as, a ship is offered for sale or charter. See {Charter party}, below. [1913 Webster]

{Charter land} (O. Eng. Law), land held by charter, or in socage; bookland.

{Charter member}, one of the original members of a society or corporation, esp. one named in a charter, or taking part in the first proceedings under it.

{Charter party} [F. chartre partie, or charte partie, a divided charter; from the practice of cutting the instrument of contract in two, and giving one part to each of the contractors] (Com.), a mercantile lease of a vessel; a specific contract by which the owners of a vessel let the entire vessel, or some principal part of the vessel, to another person, to be used by the latter in transportation for his own account, either under their charge or his.

{People's Charter} (Eng. Hist.), the document which embodied the demands made by the Chartists, so called, upon the English government in 1838. [1913 Webster]


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  • charter — char·ter 1 n [Old French chartre letter, formal document, from Late Latin chartula, from Latin, diminutive of charta sheet of papyrus] 1 a: a grant or guarantee of rights, powers, or privileges from an authority or agency of a state or country a… …   Law dictionary

  • charter — [ ʃartɛr ] n. m. • v. 1950; mot angl., de to charter « affréter » ♦ Anglic. Avion affrété. Le terme français est avion nolisé. Compagnie de charters, louant des avions pour un vol (le prix des places étant plus bas, du fait de l occupation… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • charter — CHÁRTER, chartere, s.n. 1. Tip de contract de transport naval sau aerian deosebit de cursele regulate, organizat în funcţie de necesităţi. 2. Avion sau navă care circulă conform unui charter (1). [pr.: ceártăr] – Din engl. charter. Trimis de… …   Dicționar Român

  • chárter — 1. ‘[Vuelo] fletado al margen de los vuelos regulares’ y ‘[autobús] contratado al margen de los servicios regulares’. Es voz tomada del inglés charter, que en español debe escribirse con tilde por ser palabra llana acabada en r (→ tilde2, 1.1.2) …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • Charter — Char ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Chartered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Chartering}.] 1. To establish by charter. [1913 Webster] 2. To hire or let by charter, as a ship. See {Charter party}, under {Charter}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Charter — Charter: Das Fremdwort für »Urkunde; Freibrief; Frachtvertrag« wurde im 19. Jh. aus gleichbed. engl. charter entlehnt. Dies geht über afrz. chartre auf lat. chartula »kleine Schrift, Briefchen« zurück, eine Verkleinerungsform von charta (vgl. den …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • charter — [chärt′ər] n. [ME chartre < OFr < L chartula, dim. of charta: see CARD1] 1. a franchise or written grant of specified rights made by a government or ruler to a person, corporation, etc. 2. a) a document setting forth the aims and principles …   English World dictionary

  • charter — |chártèr| s. m. Ver chárter. • Plural: charters.   ‣ Etimologia: palavra inglesa …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • chárter — adjetivo,sustantivo masculino 1. [Vuelo] que no es regular y ha sido contratado especialmente para un destino concreto: Se ha fundado una compañía de vuelos chárter para llevar en verano viajeros a Canarias. Los del gremio de pastelería… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • Charter — Charter, Freibrief, ist in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika ein Akt der Staatsgewalt, durch den einer Anzahl von Personen, die sich zum Zweck einer Unternehmung, einer Handelsgesellschaft, insbesondere auch zur Anlage einer Eisenbahn… …   Enzyklopädie des Eisenbahnwesens

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