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document granting certain rights, powers, or functions. It may be issued by the sovereign body of a state to a local governing body, university, or other corporation or by the constituted authority of a society or order to a local unit. The term was widely applied to various royal grants of rights in the Middle Ages and in early modern times. The most famous political charter is the Magna CartaMagna Carta
or Magna Charta
[Lat., = great charter], the most famous document of British constitutional history, issued by King John at Runnymede under compulsion from the barons and the church in June, 1215.
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 of England. Chartered companies held broad powers of trade and government by royal charter. In colonial America, chartered colonies were in theory, and to an extent in fact, less subject to royal interference than were royal colonies.



(ustav), a body of rules regulating the structure, procedures, and activities of a state agency, enterprise, or institution or of a particular field of activity. Charters in the USSR include the Rules of Railroads of the USSR and the Statute on Secondary General-education Schools. Charters also regulate the armed forces of the USSR (see). Most charters are approved by the highest bodies of state authority in the USSR; the charters of some institutions and organizations are approved by the appropriate ministries and departments. Voluntary sports societies, the various artists’ unions, dacha-building and housing-construction cooperatives, and other organizations are also governed by charters.

Most international organizations have charters that outline their goals, organizational structure, and activities, for example, the Charter of the United Nations.


1. a formal document from the sovereign or state incorporating a city, bank, college, etc., and specifying its purposes and rights
2. a formal document granting or demanding from the sovereign power of a state certain rights or liberties
3. the fundamental principles of an organization; constitution
a. the hire or lease of transportation
b. the agreement or contract regulating this
c. (as modifier): a charter flight
5. a law, policy, or decision containing a loophole which allows a specified group to engage more easily in an activity considered undesirable
6. Maritime law another word for charterparty
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Provide Bus Charter Service for Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell, Oklahoma, per the attached terms and conditions (3 pages), specifications (4 pages), and athletic event schedule (3 pages).
a Trailways company) is a bus charter company located in Irving, Texas, that has been serving the Dallas area and beyond since 1979.
US Coachways offers a variety of different transportation solutions including bus charters, party buses, and limousines that encourage having fun in a safe, sober and responsible environment.
net 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.
Its diverse operational divisions include rail, air travel, bus charters, truck transport, marine, telecommunications, tourism, consulting and land development.
Better Bus charters its buses through Oregon Coachways, which provides the bus, fuel, driver and insurance.
The bus was operated by Custom Bus Charters, based in Gretna, La.
Terrell Walker, safety officer for Custom Bus Charters, said 46 people were on board, some of them in their 80s, but the passenger list was lost in the wreckage.
is a complete group travel and ground transportation motorcoach company, handling everything from local airport transfers to multi bus charters across the country.