- the lading or freight of a ship, airplane, etc.
- cargos, pants or shorts having several cargo pockets to hold bulky gear and small items.
- of or denoting a style of pants or shorts with cargo pockets.
Origin of cargo
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Examples from the Web for cargo
Thus it attracted a wave of cowboy operators to fly passengers and cargo between cities.Who Will Get AsiaAir 8501’s Black Boxes?
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Shirtless bros with pillowy lips and cargo pants pulled down to expose tufts of pubic hair.Abercrombie & Ditch: The Fall of the House of Tween
December 10, 2014
Over time, the clientele began to shift and their cargo needs evolved.The American Ebola Rescue Plan Hinges on One Company. Meet Phoenix.
November 22, 2014
We watch U.S. cargo planes, helicopters and drones take off and land.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
Minutes after landing in Bumba and unloading the cargo, the pilots and their plane vanished.The Original Ebola Hunter
September 14, 2014
When we got out the cargo, we found it much damaged, particularly the wheat.
We had an ordinary run to Charleston, and began to prepare for the reception of our cargo.
Our cargo was nearly out, and this man and I had a row about some kegs of white lead.
We got our cargo off in boats, and sailed for Batavia, to clear; all within a few weeks.
We arrived at Canton in due time, and found our cargo ready for us.
- goods carried by a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle; freight
- (as modifier)a cargo vessel
- any loadthe train pulled in with its cargo of new arrivals
Word Origin and History for cargo
1650s, "freight loaded on a ship," from Spanish cargo "burden," from cargar "to load, impose taxes," from Late Latin carricare "to load on a cart" (see charge (v.)). South Pacific cargo cult is from 1949. Cargo pants attested from 1977.