[ kahr-goh ]
/ ˈkɑr goʊ /

noun, plural car·goes, car·gos.

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.

Nearby words

  1. carey street,
  2. carfare,
  3. carfax,
  4. carfuffle,
  5. carful,
  6. cargo bay,
  7. cargo cult,
  8. cargo liner,
  9. cargo pants,
  10. cargo pocket

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cargo


/ (ˈkɑːɡəʊ) /

noun plural -goes or -gos

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

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



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