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Definition of charter:

  1. A special privilege, immunity, or exemption.
  2. A written evidence in due form of things done or granted, contracts made, etc., between man and man; a deed, or conveyance.
  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.
  4. An instrument in writing, from the sovereign power of a state or country, executed in due form, bestowing rights, franchises, or privileges.
  5. 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 party, below.
  6. To establish by charter.
  7. To hire or let by charter, as a ship. See party, under Charter, n.


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