Definition of argosy in English:


Line breaks: ar¦gosy
Pronunciation: /ˈɑːgəsi

noun (plural argosies)

  • A large merchant ship, originally one from Ragusa (now Dubrovnik) or Venice.
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    • 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'.

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