argosy

[ahr-guh-see]

noun, plural ar·go·sies.

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
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argosy

noun plural -sies

archaic, or poetic a large abundantly laden merchant ship, or a fleet of such ships

Word Origin for argosy

C16: from Italian Ragusea (nave) (ship) of Ragusa
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Word Origin and History for argosy
n.

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.

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