Definition of affreightment in English:

affreightment

(also affraightment)

noun

  • The hiring of a vessel for the transportation of goods.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation:

affreightment

/əˈfreɪtm(ə)nt/