supercargo

noun

su·​per·​car·​go ˌsü-pər-ˈkär-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce supercargo (audio)
ˈsü-pər-ˌkär-
: an officer on a merchant ship in charge of the commercial concerns of the voyage

Word History

Etymology

Spanish sobrecargo, from sobre- over (from Latin super-) + cargo cargo

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of supercargo was in 1667

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Cite this Entry

“Supercargo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supercargo. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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