Definition of freighter in US English:



  • 1A ship or aircraft designed to carry goods in bulk.

    • ‘It would make a nice freighter if any aircraft company was brave enough to finance development of a pure cargo aircraft.’
    • ‘The church is not that old, but hanging from the ceiling at various intervals are long wires strung with model boats - sailing ships, little freighters and fishing vessels - and one seaplane model.’
    • ‘Luckily no one was harmed, which is more than can be said about the freighter - it landed ashore where it eventually split in half.’
    • ‘While tankers, freighters, and cruise ships also use this end of the bay, it is container ships that make it the nation's second-busiest port and (in my opinion) a good place to steer clear of.’
    • ‘Yachts, aircraft, tugs, freighters and sections of oil rigs make up what is probably the most extensive artificial reef system in the world.’
    • ‘Blue Dart's new Boeing 757-200 freighters are a derivative of the twin-engine passenger jetliner.’
    • ‘After retirement from mainline service, numerous aircraft were converted to freighters, some went to travel clubs and many went to second-tier operators.’
    • ‘In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried iron cannons.’
    • ‘Oceangoing freighters carrying ballast water from other parts of the world are thought to be responsible for introducing hundreds of non-native animals and plants into U.S. waters.’
    • ‘Not only was little attention paid to the production of essential ships such as tankers and ocean freighters, but little attempt was made to stimulate the overall growth of the economy.’
    • ‘Its huge harbour is visited by cruise ships and freighters, and its dry-dock facilities are famous.’
    • ‘At that time nearly all freight was carried by sailing vessels but the small freighter had begun to make an appearance.’
    • ‘These shipping routes are filled with the tankers, freighters and tugs that carry nearly a quarter of the world's trade destined for Japan and China.’
    • ‘At the same time, the number of cruise ships and freighters visiting the island has declined.’
    • ‘What you see before you are thousands of kilograms of high-grade cocaine that the laboratory had manufactured and shipped by specially equipped freighters into this country.’
    • ‘A day after that she's hoisted aboard a freighter and shipped back to France, where the Ollier yard will rebuild her.’
    • ‘The USS Liberty was built as a freighter by the Federal Ship Building Company of Kearny, New Jersey in 1918.’
    • ‘This will allow freighters to drop parts of their cargo when they are destroyed, just like other ships.’
    • ‘The authorities are worried that the freighter could break up and leak huge amounts of oil and diesel into the ocean.’
    • ‘Every year, for example, oil tankers, freighters and cruise ships dump millions of litres of oil through routine exchanges of bilge water and other ship activities.’
    1. 1.1 A person who loads, receives, or forwards goods for transport.