Meaning of “charter member” in the English Dictionary

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"charter member" in British English

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charter membernoun [ C ]

/ˈtʃɑː.tə ˌmem.bər/ us /ˈtʃɑːr.t̬ɚ ˌmem.bɚ/ mainly US

Examples from literature

  • An American business man, who was a charter member of the American organisation, was there to explain the purposes of the League. 
  • He was glad to see that all the original charter members forming the Red Fox patrol were on hand. 
  • In fact, she might be spoken of as the original charter member of the Concord School of Philosophy. 
  • The three boys whom we have met on the road chanced to be among the original charter members of the troop. 
  • Thus the value of the real estate securing the bonds will at once be enhanced virtually to the full extent of the investment made by the charter members. 

(Definition of “charter member” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"charter member" in American English

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charter membernoun [ C ]

us /ˈtʃɑr·t̬ər ˈmem·bər/

a member of an organization who helped start the organization or became a member when it began

(Definition of “charter member” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"charter member" in Business English

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charter membernoun [ C ]

uk us US

one of the first members of a business, organization, etc., usually someone who helped start it:

She was among the 16 charter members who got the mutual fund started.

(Definition of “charter member” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)