Definition of charter noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtʃɑːtə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɑːrtər//
    Plane travel, Travelling by boat or ship
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  1. 1[countable] a written statement describing the rights that a particular group of people should have the European Social Charter of workers’ rights a rail passenger’s charter a charter of rights for people with disabilities
  2. 2[countable] a written statement of the principles and aims of an organization synonym constitution the United Nations Charter
  3. 3[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 Royal College received its charter as a university in 1967. Certain towns were allowed to hold weekly markets, by royal charter.
  4. 4[singular] charter (for something) (British English) a law or policy that seems likely to help people do something bad The new law will be a charter for unscrupulous financial advisers. a blackmailer’s charter
  5. 5[uncountable] the hiring of a plane, boat, etc. a yacht available for charter See related entries: Plane travel, Travelling by boat or ship
  6. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French chartre, from Latin chartula, diminutive of charta ‘paper’from Greek khartēs ‘papyrus leaf’.Extra examples They were given this right by royal charter. a charter of workers’ rights a national charter for the protection of animals A commission was appointed to draw up a charter to regulate political life. He fought for a social charter of workers’ rights. Minority rights are protected by the UN charter. The BBC’s charter was due to be renewed. The university received its Royal Charter in 1946.
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