Definition of cargo in US English:

cargo

noun

  • Goods carried on a ship, aircraft, or motor vehicle.

    ‘transportation of bulk cargo’
    ‘a cargo of oil’
    • ‘He wants cargo that will suit the ship or a use that will befit the work that has been carried out.’
    • ‘Have you ever noticed how boats look when they are built more for speed than for carrying cargo?’
    • ‘I was found some bones, possibly part of the frozen meat cargo that she was carrying when she sank.’
    • ‘There is much detail on voyages, cargoes carried and the ships themselves.’
    • ‘The growth in cargo hauled by trains appears more spectacular than that of passenger movement.’
    • ‘Most of the criminals are not interested in the cargoes ships carry.’
    • ‘It is very difficult, if not impossible, to compare the rates earned by ships under charter to the Navy Board with those of merchant ships carrying civilian cargoes.’
    • ‘The illegal boarding of ships and seizure of cargo has in the past been considered an act of war.’
    • ‘In commercial terms however paddle steamers were never to catch on for ocean going cargo carrying.’
    • ‘Georgia is also expanding the dry bulk cargo handling facilities of its Black Sea ports.’
    • ‘They are usually used to haul heavy loads or carry cargoes.’
    • ‘Last night, Members of Parliament and shipping experts called for compulsory registration and escorts for ships carrying dangerous cargoes.’
    • ‘Many of them were dockers who carried heavy loads of cargo while rushing in a great hurry.’
    • ‘Because it does not have to carry oxygen tanks, the scramjet could also contain more cargo space.’
    • ‘The cargo and livestock vessel Contender has been sold to a shipping company in Dubai.’
    • ‘The cargo was consigned to yet another firm, registered in the British Virgin Islands.’
    • ‘The Panama Canal has fulfilled this function but is now saturated with cargo ships.’
    • ‘The first van had only just been loaded with its cargo of cash when the robbers struck.’
    • ‘Usually they're just put off the ship on a lifeboat and the ship and cargo are stolen.’
    • ‘Yet cargo boats regularly cut through the Sound of Mull, purely to save time and fuel.’
    freight, load, haul, consignment, delivery, shipment, contents, baggage, burden
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from Spanish cargo, carga, from late Latin carricare, carcare ‘to load’, from Latin carrus ‘wheeled vehicle’.

Pronunciation

cargo

/ˈkärɡō//ˈkɑrɡoʊ/