a vessel used mainly for carrying cargo.
a large aircraft or spacecraft used primarily for transporting cargo and equipment: The space station of the future will be supplied by robot freighters.
a person whose occupation it is to receive and forward freight.
a person for whom freight is transported; shipper.

1615–25; freight + -er1 Unabridged
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freighter (ˈfreɪtə)
1.  a ship or aircraft designed for transporting cargo
2.  a person concerned with the loading or chartering of a ship

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Word Origin & History

1620s, one who loads, from freight. Meaning a cargo vessel is from 1839.
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Example sentences
With that and a prayer, the skipper was able to steer the freighter to safety.
At the same time he swung to port in a tight arc and came back across the
  freighter's bow.
Recalling the splendid isolation of travel by freighter.
The crew took to boats, were picked up by a freighter without loss of life.
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