car·​go | \ ˈkär-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce cargo (audio) \
plural cargoes or cargos

Definition of cargo

: the goods or merchandise conveyed in a ship, airplane, or vehicle : freight Dock workers were unloading the ship's cargo.

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Examples of cargo in a Sentence

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

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The Go Searcher is a registered cargo vessel, 50 meters long and 11 meters wide. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How It Works: SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashdown and Recovery," 8 Mar. 2019 The fact that Virgil Abloh put cargo vests in both of his Louis Vuitton menswear collections—and has worn them himself—is further proof that the look isn’t going anywhere. Emily Farra, Vogue, "6 Street Style Trends From the Fall 2019 Menswear Shows," 31 Jan. 2019 The Falcon 9 was tasked with sending up one of SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsules, filled with food and supplies for the crew of the International Space Station, and that’s what happened. Loren Grush, The Verge, "For the first time ever, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket fails to stick a ground landing," 5 Dec. 2018 The bolts that are removed to open the Jeep to the great outdoors each have labeled slots in the cargo hold. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "26 Vehicles Played in the Mud. Here’s the Dirt.," 12 July 2018 There has also been a flurry of camp-ER themed memes, with girls in cargo shorts and hiking boots and even some dressed in camping gear. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Met Gala 2019 Theme: Everything You Need to Know About "Camp: Notes on Fashion"," 11 Oct. 2018 Bieber was headed to Sandler’s stand-up show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on Tuesday, wearing an oversize red button-down, cargo shorts, and red socks with black pool slides. Erika Harwood, Vanities, "Justin Bieber Is Now Dressing Like Adam Sandler," 11 Apr. 2018 On a recent Wednesday, a mere nine days before reopening, LaCasse, in a ballcap, t-shirt, and cargo shorts, led a tour. Jesse Oxfeld, Town & Country, "Florida Keys' Cheeca Lodge Reopens With a Flourish," 11 Apr. 2018 Her seemingly demure husband wore a fanny-pack, cargo shorts, and a Hawaiian shirt. Gigi Engle, Marie Claire, "I Went to a Romantic Nudist Couples Resort With My Sister," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cargo

1657, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cargo

Spanish, load, charge, from cargar to load, from Late Latin carricare — more at charge

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English Language Learners Definition of cargo

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


car·​go | \ ˈkär-gō How to pronounce cargo (audio) \
plural cargoes or cargos

Kids Definition of cargo

: the goods carried by a ship, airplane, or vehicle

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