car·​go ˈkär-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce cargo (audio)
plural cargoes or cargos
: the goods or merchandise conveyed in a ship, airplane, or vehicle : freight
Dock workers were unloading the ship's cargo.

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
Recent Examples on the Web The Sierra Space team will then offload the remaining NASA cargo and begin preparing the plane for its next mission. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 21 May 2024 The containers that are still on the Dali will be taken off at the port, and Maersk, the shipping company that chartered the ship, will arrange to have the cargo delivered to its customers some other way. Campbell Robertson, New York Times, 20 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for cargo 

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Word History


Spanish, load, charge, from cargar to load, from Late Latin carricare — more at charge entry 1

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cargo was in 1657

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Cite this Entry

“Cargo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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car·​go ˈkär-ˌgō How to pronounce cargo (audio)
plural cargoes or cargos
: the goods transported in a ship, airplane, or vehicle : freight

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