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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Rocket companies, after all, charge by the pound to launch cargo. Matt Simon, WIRED, "An Itty-Bitty Robot That Lifts Off Like a Sci-Fi Spaceship," 4 July 2019 The interior front dash looks a bit nicer than the Transit, and DIY vanlifers love that the rear cargo area features 90-degree angle sidewalls and a wide space for build outs. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best vans for your DIY camper conversion," 8 Oct. 2018 Photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Mr. Russell initially used a tug to move the turboprop from a cargo area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Stolen Horizon Air Plane Believed Deliberately Crashed," 20 Aug. 2018 Peak Design The magnetic latch system from the main cargo area of the Everyday Backpack isn’t found here. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Peak Design’s new $300 Travel Backpack is designed to be the ultimate carry-on bag," 23 July 2018 The cargo area does have a tall floor (because of the batteries), which lowers the load-in ceiling height to about 27 ½ inches. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018 In past years, a man ran past a security guard in the airport cargo area and across two runways, and in another instance someone threw a bag to someone located inside the fenced-in area. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Atlanta airport: Hartsfield-Jackson fence breach raises security concerns," 28 June 2018 There’s so much, in fact, that the rear seats can slide forward to expand the cargo area, which is one the all-time best SUV features. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross proves times have changed," 13 June 2018 The plane took off from Miami International Airport, and a fire happened in the its cargo area soon after. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Fugitive mechanic in deadly 1996 ValuJet crash 'never should have been charged,' lawyer says," 14 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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