What does the word charter mean?

Usage examples for charter

  1. Massachusetts Bay formerly had these popular rights, but owing to abuses their former privileges and freedom were repealed by the King's Bench under Charles the Second, and only partly restored by a new Charter from William the Third. – Achenwall's Observations on North America by Gottfried Achenwall
  2. Old Man Phipps does not play golf; but he is a charter member of the club and, according to the by- laws, the sons of members between the ages of sixteen and twenty- one enjoy all the privileges of the institution. – Fore! by Charles Emmett Van Loan
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