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[kahr-goh] /ˈkɑr goʊ/
noun, plural cargoes, cargos.
the lading or freight of a ship, airplane, etc.
cargos, pants or shorts having several cargo pockets to hold bulky gear and small items.
of or denoting a style of pants or shorts with cargo pockets.
1640-50; < Spanish: a load, noun derivative of cargar to load < Late Latin carricāre; see charge
1. See freight. 2. burden. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cargoes
  • There are no customs house officers to examine the cargoes that are unladen.
  • His examination in seamanship is more thorough than that for second mate, and include the stowing and care of cargoes.
  • As a result, he captained a succession of elderly craft carrying second-rate cargoes and manned by third-rate crews.
  • And the paperwork for cargoes has become easy to alter or forge.
  • Before cargoes can be loaded at port, buyers typically must produce proof they are good for the money.
  • The cargoes came to light last month when state intelligence agents were investigating the theft of powdered milk.
  • So far the cargoes have kept moving, with the work going on under the old terms, but a new contract needs to be negotiated.
  • As cargoes grow, so does the world's shipping fleet.
  • The confusion is whether the index is saying more about the supply of ships than the demand for their cargoes.
  • And because inflation is pushing up the value of cargoes, insurance costs are going up as well.
British Dictionary definitions for cargoes


noun (pl) -goes, -gos
  1. goods carried by a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle; freight
  2. (as modifier): a cargo vessel
any load: the train pulled in with its cargo of new arrivals
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish: from cargar to load, from Late Latin carricāre to load a vehicle, from carruscar
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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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