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. The word entered the English language from the Old French charte (ultimately from the Latin word for "paper").
charter n. A written evidence in due form of things done or granted, contracts made, etc., between man and man; a deed, or conveyance.
charter n. An instrument in writing, from the sovereign power of a state or country, executed in due form, bestowing rights, franchises, or privileges.
charter n. 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.
charter n. A special privilege, immunity, or exemption.
charter n. 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.
charter v. t. To establish by charter.
charter v. t. To hire or let by charter, as a ship. See Charter party, under Charter, n.
charter (m) n. charter flight, flight which is rented for a specific trip
charter v. hire, rent
charter n. charter, charter flight
charter n. charter
charter n. document granting certain rights and privileges; contract, lease
v. hire, rent
n. charter, document granting certain rights and privileges, contract, lease; charter flight, flight which is rented for a specific trip