noun \ˈkär-(ˌ)gō\

: something that is carried from one place to another by boat, airplane, etc.

plural cargoes or cargos

Full Definition of CARGO

:  the goods or merchandise conveyed in a ship, airplane, or vehicle :  freight

Examples of CARGO

  1. The ship was carrying a cargo of crude oil.
  2. <we put all of our cargo on the pack animals and began our journey through the canyon>

Origin of CARGO

Spanish, load, charge, from cargar to load, from Late Latin carricare — more at charge
First Known Use: 1657

Other Transportation Terms

camber, corduroy, demurrage, milestone

Rhymes with CARGO


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