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A grant from the government of ownership rights in land to a person, a group of people, or an organization such as a corporation.

A basic document of law of a Municipal Corporation granted by the state, defining its rights, liabilities, and responsibilities of self-government.

A document embodying a grant of authority from the legislature or the authority itself, such as a corporate charter.The leasing of a mode of transportation, such as a bus, ship, or plane. A charter-party is a contract formed to lease a ship to a merchant in order to facilitate the conveyance of goods.


n. the name for Articles of Incorporation in some states, as in a corporate charter.

CHARTER. A grant made by the sovereign either to the whole people or to a portion of them, securing to them the enjoyment of certain rights. Of the former kind is the late charter of France, which extended to the whole country; the charters which were granted to the different American colonies by the British government were charters of the latter species. 1 Story, Const. L. Sec. 161; 1 Bl. Com. 108 Encycl. Amer. Charte Constitutionelle.
     2. A charter differs from a CONSTITUTION in this, that the former is granted by the sovereign, while the latter is established by the people themselves : both are the fundamental law of the land.
     3. This term is susceptible of another signification. During the middle ages almost every document was called carta, charta, or chartula. In this sense the term is nearly synonymous with deed. Co. Litt. 6; 1 Co. 1; Moor. Cas. 687.
     4. The act of the legislature creating a corporation, is called its charter. Vide 3 Bro. Civ. and Adm. Law, 188; Dane's Ab. h.t.

CHARTER, mar. contr. An agreement by which a vessel is hired by the owner to another; as A B chartered the ship Benjamin Franklin to C D.

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Far-left activists also vandalised a bus chartered by the rioters - many of whom were known football hooligans - and 211 people were arrested. attempts to cover the full process of planning a business trip or a family vacation by presenting the full range of company's transportation services including quality airport transportation, limo, car service, shuttles and bus charters with a vast array of luxury vehicles to meet all of travelers' needs.
The deadly blast that hit a bus carrying Israeli tourists at Bulgaria's Burgas airport on Wednesday revived reports of a foiled bomb attack at the beginning of the year targeting a bus chartered to take Israeli tourists to a ski resort.
Last Sunday, I boarded a bus chartered by the Figueroa Corridor Coalition for Economic Justice, a "smart" development group that hates the University of Southern California and the Staples Center.
An undocumented Mexican worker up here in Humboldt County, in Northern California, was recently picked up in a sweep that filled every seat of a bus chartered for the day by the I.N.S., which duly trundled its cargo--including several children born in the United States--south to Tijuana.
The commission's stated mandate is "the efficient operation of passenger, freight and telecommunications services in Northern Ontario." Its diverse operational divisions include rail, air travel, bus charters, truck transport, marine, telecommunications, tourism, consulting and land development.