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cargo

[kahr-goh]
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noun, plural car·goes, car·gos.
  1. the lading or freight of a ship, airplane, etc.
  2. load.
  3. cargos, pants or shorts having several cargo pockets to hold bulky gear and small items.
adjective
  1. of or denoting a style of pants or shorts with cargo pockets.

Origin of cargo

1640–50; < Spanish: a load, noun derivative of cargar to load < Late Latin carricāre; see charge

Synonyms

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1. See freight. 2. burden.
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  • When we got out the cargo, we found it much damaged, particularly the wheat.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • We had an ordinary run to Charleston, and began to prepare for the reception of our cargo.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Our cargo was nearly out, and this man and I had a row about some kegs of white lead.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • We got our cargo off in boats, and sailed for Batavia, to clear; all within a few weeks.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • We arrived at Canton in due time, and found our cargo ready for us.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for cargo

cargo

noun plural -goes or -gos
    1. goods carried by a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle; freight
    2. (as modifier)a cargo vessel
  1. any loadthe train pulled in with its cargo of new arrivals

Word Origin

C17: from Spanish: from cargar to load, from Late Latin carricāre to load a vehicle, from carrus car
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Word Origin and History for cargo

n.

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.

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