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[soo-per-kahr-goh, soo-per-kahr-] /ˌsu pərˈkɑr goʊ, ˈsu pərˌkɑr-/
noun, plural supercargoes, supercargos.
a merchant-ship officer who is in charge of the cargo and the commercial concerns of the voyage.
Origin of supercargo
1690-1700; < Spanish sobrecargo, with sobre- over (< Latin super) Latinized; replacing supracargo (with supra- for Spanish sobre-); see cargo Unabridged
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  • Our supercargo, a young gentleman of the name of Croes, came near dying.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • "They've swum ashore in the night, Pack," said the supercargo to Packenham.

  • The supercargo rose from his seat with a smile of satisfaction.

    Tessa Louis Becke
  • But the captain and supercargo are a pair of unmitigated scoundrels.

    Tessa Louis Becke
  • The supercargo and Hendry went up on the bridge together, where they could talk freely.

    Tessa Louis Becke
  • Hendry looked into the supercargo's face with half-terrified, half-savage eyes.

    Tessa Louis Becke
  • He only nodded, and said something to the girl, who rose and brought the supercargo his books.

  • The supercargo was to have the exclusive management of all commercial dealings.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • The captain and supercargo had mapped out our future course.

    The Mate of the Lily W. H. G. Kingston
  • "You do hate to be beaten," Denby, the supercargo, remarked sympathetically.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for supercargo


noun (pl) -goes
an officer on a merchant ship who supervises commercial matters and is in charge of the cargo
Word Origin
C17: changed from Spanish sobrecargo, from sobre over (from Latin super) + cargocargo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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