Meaning of affreightment in English:


Pronunciation /əˈfreɪtm(ə)nt/


(also affraightment)
  • The hiring of a vessel for the transportation of goods.


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Exton (?1600–1668), civil lawyer and judge. From French affrètement (1366 in Middle French as afretemen; from Middle French affréter (French affréter) to load a ship, to charter a ship for the transport of goods + -ment), with remodelling of the second syllable by association with freight or freight.