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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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  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

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

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

Examples from the Web for cargoes

Historical Examples of cargoes

  • Cargoes of army stores were transported between Buffalo and Detroit.

    Cleveland Past and Present

    Maurice Joblin

  • Six of them returned with cargoes of crockery, bar iron, pig iron, and salt.

  • All of the Cleveland fleet disposed of their cargoes to good advantage.

  • The submarines, or at least their cargoes, must reach Berlin by some secret passage.

  • They say,” said Moyne, “that some of the cargoes have been landed here under your windows.

    The Red Hand of Ulster

    George A. Birmingham

British Dictionary definitions for cargoes


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 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.

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