|Origin:||chartre, from Medieval Latin chartula, from Latin charta; CHART1|
a statement of the principles, duties, and purposes of an organization:
the freedoms embodied in the UN charter
the practice of paying money to a company to use their boats, aircraft, etc, or the boat, aircraft etc used in this way:
boats available for charter
a charter service
a signed statement from a government or ruler which allows a town, organization, or university to officially exist and have special rights:
The town's charter was granted in 1838.
4 [singular] British English informal
a law or official decision that seems to give someone the right to do something most people consider morally wrong:
Reducing the number of police is just a thieves' charter.