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[kahr-goh] /ˈkɑr goʊ/
noun, plural cargoes, cargos.
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
1640-50; < Spanish: a load, noun derivative of cargar to load < Late Latin carricāre; see charge
1. See freight. 2. burden. Unabridged
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  • Now they could no longer enter the ports of that or of any other of the West India islands, with their prizes and cargoes.

    The Battle of New Orleans Zachary F. Smith
  • This was done, and the Dutch lost three ships with their cargoes.

  • Then in all haste they unloaded their cargoes and were away again like flitting birds.

  • Men who deliver the cargoes of colliers in the river Thames into lighters.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • There's three or four American clipper ships in port with cargoes that must be sold, and no demand.

    The Gold Hunter's Adventures William H. Thomes
  • We had believed him to be all right, and he had ready access to our ports with his cargoes.

  • The ships which were built were not generally employed in our trade, but with their cargoes sent to Europe and sold.

  • He had succeeded in running two cargoes, and all the goods were got up to London.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • My floor is strewn thick with ribs of ships and skeletons of men; with chests of treasure, bales and casks and cargoes.

    The Lady of Lynn Walter Besant
  • They are passing with their cargoes, to cool the wine-cups in the great cities of the plains.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for cargoes


noun (pl) -goes, -gos
  1. goods carried by a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle; freight
  2. (as modifier): a cargo vessel
any load: the 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 carruscar
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Word Origin and History for cargoes



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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