Definition of argosy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈärɡəsē/

noun (plural argosies)

A large merchant ship, originally one from Ragusa (now Dubrovnik) or Venice.
Example sentences
  • We gather this in the opening moments of the play when we hear that his ‘argosies’ (merchant ships), behaving ‘like signors and rich burghers’, are out on the sea.
  • Mehta's camera has meticulously scoured and documented the remnants of those many argosies that have arrived unheralded on Indian shores to carry away the loot of its once unparalleled tropical wealth.
  • Portia further gives Antonio news that three of his argosies have arrived safely, and gives Lorenzo the deed by which Shylock has made him his heir.


Late 16th century: apparently from Italian Ragusea (nave) '(vessel) of Ragusa' (see Ragusa).

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Syllabification: ar·go·sy

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