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Definition of charter noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a written statement of the principles and aims of an organization synonym constitution the United Nations Charter the Employees Credit Union charter
  2. 2[countable] an official document stating that a ruler or government allows a new organization, town, or university to be established and gives it particular rights The Rhode Island colony received its royal charter in 1663. The College of William and Mary's charter dates to 1693, making it the second-oldest university in the U.S.
  3. 3[uncountable] the renting of a plane, boat, etc. a yacht available for charter
  4. 4(Canadian English) the Charter = Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
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