affreightment

affreight

[uh-freyt]
verb (used with object)
to charter (a ship) as a freight carrier.

Origin:
1840–50; < French affréter (respelling by influence of freight), equivalent to a- a-5 (< Latin ad- ad-) + fréter to hire a ship, derivative of fret freight, Old French < Middle Dutch

affreighter, noun
affreightment, noun
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affreightment (əˈfreɪtmənt)
 
n
a contract hiring a ship to carry goods
 
[C19: from French affréter to charter a ship, from fretfreight]

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affreightment

contract for carriage of goods by water, "freight" being the price paid for the service of carriage. Such contracts are of immense importance to the world economy, forming the legal structure of the arterial traffic of the oceans.

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