[uncountable] goods that are transported by ships, planes, trains or lorries/trucks; the system of transporting goods in this way to send goods by air freight a freight business passenger and freight transportation services See related entries: Trains Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘hire of a ship for transporting goods’): from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German vrecht, variant of vracht
‘ship's cargo’. Compare with fraught.Extra examples All vehicles carrying freight need a special permit. The freight was transferred to a train at Rotterdam. The train’s freight wagons can carry a fully-laden lorry. an agent handling freight and passengers A freight train pulled into the station. Local freight charges can be extremely high. She runs a freight business in southern Germany. The new road will be open to freight traffic only. The total amount of freight transported on roads has risen by 150% in the past decade. The trains were designed specifically to haul freight. Their ships carry freight between Dunkirk and Dover. We tend to use air freight for lighter goods.