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[ahr-guh-see] /ˈɑr gə si/
noun, plural argosies.
a large merchant ship, especially one with a rich cargo.
a fleet of such ships.
an opulent supply.
Origin of argosy
1570-80; earlier ragusy < Italian (nave) ragusea (ship) of Ragusa Unabridged
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  • Within a short time the great argosy, weakened as she was by having her timbers cut away, went to the bottom with her crew.
  • argosy offers short day trips rather than week-long excursions.
British Dictionary definitions for argosy


noun (pl) -sies
(archaic or poetic) a large abundantly laden merchant ship, or a fleet of such ships
Word Origin
C16: from Italian Ragusea (nave) (ship) of Ragusa
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Word Origin and History for argosy

1570s, from Italian (nave) Ragusea "(vessel) of Ragusa," maritime city on the Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic (modern Dubrovnik in Croatia). Their large merchant ships brought rich Eastern goods to 16c. England. The city name sometimes was Aragouse or Arragosa in 16c. English.

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