- 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
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Examples from the Web for supercargo
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.Rodman The Boatsteerer And Other Stories
The supercargo rose from his seat with a smile of satisfaction.
Hendry looked into the supercargo's face with half-terrified, half-savage eyes.
The supercargo and Hendry went up on the bridge together, where they could talk freely.
- an officer on a merchant ship who supervises commercial matters and is in charge of the cargo
C17: changed from Spanish sobrecargo, from sobre over (from Latin super) + cargo cargo