Something chartered is rented or leased for a short time. A chartered bus is sometimes used to take a class of kids on a field trip to the zoo.

When you charter something, you use it for a specific length of time and pay a fee for it — and when you've done this, it's chartered. Most chartered things are vehicles of some sort, like a chartered airplane or a chartered yacht, used by a group of people who are traveling together. Chartered and charter come from the Latin chartula, "little paper," as in the paper form you fill out when you charter something.

Definitions of chartered
  1. adjective
    hired for the exclusive temporary use of a group of travelers
    “a chartered plane”
    “the chartered buses arrived on time”
    synonyms: hired, leased
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    not chartered
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