Definition of cargo in English:


Syllabification: car·go
Pronunciation: /ˈkärgō

noun (plural cargoes or cargos)

  • Goods carried on a ship, aircraft, or motor vehicle: transportation of bulk cargo a cargo of oil
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    • Many of them were dockers who carried heavy loads of cargo while rushing in a great hurry.
    • It is very difficult, if not impossible, to compare the rates earned by ships under charter to the Navy Board with those of merchant ships carrying civilian cargoes.
    • Usually they're just put off the ship on a lifeboat and the ship and cargo are stolen.
    freight, load, haul, consignment, delivery, shipment; goods, merchandise, payload, lading


mid 17th century: from Spanish cargo, carga, from late Latin carricare, carcare 'to load', from Latin carrus 'wheeled vehicle'.

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