Definition for MAG'NA-CHAR-TA

MAG'NA-CHAR-TA, n. [MAG'NA CHAR-TA; L. great charter.]

  1. The great charter, so called, obtained by the English barons from king John, A. D. 1215. This name is also given to the charter granted to the people of England in the ninth year of Henry III. and confirmed by Edward I.
  2. A fundamental constitution which guaranties rights and privileges.

Return to page 6 of the letter “M”.