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freighter

[frey-ter] /ˈfreɪ tər/
noun
1.
a vessel used mainly for carrying cargo.
2.
a large aircraft or spacecraft used primarily for transporting cargo and equipment:
The space station of the future will be supplied by robot freighters.
3.
a person whose occupation it is to receive and forward freight.
4.
a person for whom freight is transported; shipper.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; freight + -er1
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  • Joseph are commercial ports that receive bulk goods from lake freighters.
  • He plundered five merchant freighters attempting to enter or leave the port.
British Dictionary definitions for freighters

freighter

/ˈfreɪtə/
noun
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 and History for freighters

freighter

n.

1620s, "one who loads," agent noun from freight (v.). Meaning "a cargo vessel" is from 1839, American English.

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