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[uh-freyt] /əˈfreɪt/
verb (used with object)
to charter (a ship) as a freight carrier.
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
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affreighter, noun
affreightment, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for affreightment


a contract hiring a ship to carry goods
Word Origin
C19: from French affréter to charter a ship, from fretfreight
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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