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[ahr-guh-see] /ˈɑr gə si/
noun, plural argosies.
a large merchant ship, especially one with a rich cargo.
a fleet of such ships.
an opulent supply.
Origin of argosy
1570-80; earlier ragusy < Italian (nave) ragusea (ship) of Ragusa Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for argosy
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  • "Even now the galeasse should be setting out if the argosy is to be intercepted," he said.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • The argosy has been so good this year I must have it another; enclosed is $1.75.

  • With much reluctance the Khan consented, and the argosy set forth.

  • Edwards called on Mr. White, of The argosy, and outlined a serial story.

    The Fiction Factory John Milton Edwards
  • This does not mean that I did not care to consider it for The argosy.

    The Fiction Factory John Milton Edwards
  • I cannot be happier away from you; tis richer than an argosy of pearls.

    Life of John Keats William Michael Rossetti
  • For what argosy of gin was she straining her old eyes seaward?

    And Even Now Max Beerbohm
  • Until that time came she had her remedy against immediate ruin in her yearly argosy, with its blood- and toil-stained tribute.

  • To her, Bill would not merely be the proprietor and chief passenger of this argosy, but the captain, as well.

    Good References E. J. Rath
  • Rite now he's trying to crash argosy with a story—and in the future you can expect some big things from this quiet author.

British Dictionary definitions for argosy


noun (pl) -sies
(archaic or poetic) a large abundantly laden merchant ship, or a fleet of such ships
Word Origin
C16: from Italian Ragusea (nave) (ship) of Ragusa
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Word Origin and History for argosy

1570s, from Italian (nave) Ragusea "(vessel) of Ragusa," maritime city on the Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic (modern Dubrovnik in Croatia). Their large merchant ships brought rich Eastern goods to 16c. England. The city name sometimes was Aragouse or Arragosa in 16c. English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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