noun, plural su·per·car·goes, su·per·car·gos.
a merchant-ship officer who is in charge of the cargo and the commercial concerns of the voyage.
Origin of supercargo
< Spanish sobrecargo,
over (< Latin super
) Latinized; replacing supracargo
for Spanish sobre-
); see cargo
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Examples from the Web for supercargo
Historical Examples of supercargo
Our supercargo, a young gentleman of the name of Croes, came near dying.
"They've swum ashore in the night, Pack," said the supercargo to Packenham.
The supercargo rose from his seat with a smile of satisfaction.
But the captain and supercargo are a pair of unmitigated scoundrels.
The supercargo and Hendry went up on the bridge together, where they could talk freely.
British Dictionary definitions for supercargo
noun plural -goes
an officer on a merchant ship who supervises commercial matters and is in charge of the cargo
Word Origin for supercargo
C17: changed from Spanish sobrecargo, from sobre over (from Latin super) + cargo cargo
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