One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large merchant ship, originally one from Ragusa (now Dubrovnik) or Venice.
- ‘Mehta's camera has meticulously scoured and documented the remnants of those many argosies that have arrived unheralded on Indian shores to carry away the loot of its once unparalleled tropical wealth.’
- ‘Antonio's friends suggest that he's worried about his argosies, which he denies.’
- ‘Portia further gives Antonio news that three of his argosies have arrived safely, and gives Lorenzo the deed by which Shylock has made him his heir.’
- ‘We gather this in the opening moments of the play when we hear that his ‘argosies’ (merchant ships), behaving ‘like signors and rich burghers’, are out on the sea.’
Late 16th century: apparently from Italian Ragusea (nave) ‘(vessel) of Ragusa’.
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