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

Word History


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

Dictionary Entries Near supercargo

Cite this Entry

“Supercargo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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