The noun contract means a legal document that states and explains a formal agreement between two different people or groups.

Synonyms are agreement, arrangement, commitment, or settlement.

The word origins from Old French (early 14th century) contract meaning “agreement between two or more persons to do or not do some particular thing”, and from Latin contractus meaning “a drawing together, a shrinking, a contract, an agreement”. It also comes from the past participle of contrahere meaning “to draw several objects together, draw in, shorten, lessen, abridge”. It is derived from com meaning “with, together” plus trahere meaning “to draw”.

They can’t provide a contract of employment.

A temporary contract has issues for some of the participants.

My new client gave me a contract through my email.