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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.
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adjective
  1. of or denoting a style of pants or shorts with cargo pockets.
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Origin of cargo

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

Synonyms for cargo

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1. See freight. 2. burden.
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Related Words for cargo

load, goods, freight, consignment, shipment, payload, merchandise, lading, haul, contents, burden, ware, tonnage, shipload

Examples from the Web for cargo

Contemporary Examples of cargo

Historical Examples of cargo

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

    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


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
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Word Origin for cargo

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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