Definition of cargo
: 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>
Origin and Etymology of cargo
Spanish, load, charge, from cargar to load, from Late Latin carricare — more at charge
First Known Use: 1657
CARGO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cargo for English Language Learners
: something that is carried from one place to another by boat, airplane, etc.
CARGO Defined for Kids
Definition of cargo for Students
: the goods carried by a ship, airplane, or vehicle
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