charter Definition

  • 1a written grant by a country's legislative or sovereign power, by which an institution such as a company, college, or city is created and its rights and privileges defined.
  • 2a document incorporating an institution and specifying its rights; includes the articles of incorporation and the certificate of incorporation.
  • 3a contract to hire or lease transportation

Using charter: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "charter" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The Magna Carta is a famous charter that established the principle of the rule of law.

  • Example

    The school was granted a charter by the state government.

  • Example

    We rented a boat with a charter for a day of fishing.

charter Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for charter

Idioms Using charter

  • to reprimand someone severely


    The coach read the team the riot act after their poor performance.

  • to do something without proper preparation or knowledge


    I didn't have time to study for the test, so I had to fly by the seat of my pants.

  • to believe someone's statement, without proof, that something good will happen rather than something bad


    I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he'll show up on time.

Phrases with charter

  • a flight that is not part of a regular airline service, but is individually commissioned for a specific purpose


    We booked a charter flight to take us to the island.

  • a school that receives public funding but operates independently of the established state school system in which it is located


    Charter schools are often run by private organizations or groups of teachers.

  • a person who is an original member of an organization or group


    She has been a charter member of the club since it was founded.

Origins of charter

from Old French 'chartre', from Latin 'chartula', diminutive of 'charta', meaning 'paper'


Summary: charter in Brief

The term 'charter' [ˈtʃɑːtə(r)] refers to a written grant that creates an institution and defines its rights and privileges. It can also refer to a contract for transportation. Examples include the Magna Carta and a school granted a charter by the state government. Phrases include 'charter flight,' 'charter school,' and 'charter member.'