Definition of supercargo in English:

supercargo

Syllabification: su·per·car·go
Pronunciation: /ˈso͞opərˌkärgō
 
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noun (plural supercargoes or supercargos)

  • A representative of the ship’s owner on board a merchant ship, responsible for overseeing the cargo and its sale.
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    • This was applied in the normal way to the foreign community, whose chiefs - supercargoes and ships' captains - could thus be held responsible for crimes committed by those under their authority.
    • As the ship sails, supercargoes can find specific vehicles as needed.
    • The origin of the museum was the East India Marine Society, which was founded in 1799 by shipmasters and supercargoes who had collectively amassed forty-three hundred objects made in China, Japan, India, Africa, and Oceania.

Origin

late 17th century: alteration of earlier supracargo, from Spanish sobrecargo, from sobre 'over' + cargo 'cargo'.

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