[soo-per-kahr-goh, soo-per-kahr-]

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

1690–1700; < Spanish sobrecargo, with sobre- over (< Latin super) Latinized; replacing supracargo (with supra- for Spanish sobre-); see cargo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for supercargo

Historical Examples of 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.

  • The supercargo rose from his seat with a smile of satisfaction.


    Louis Becke

  • But the captain and supercargo are a pair of unmitigated scoundrels.


    Louis Becke

  • The supercargo and Hendry went up on the bridge together, where they could talk freely.


    Louis Becke

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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