What does cargo mean?

Definitions for cargo
ˈkɑr goʊcar·go

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cargo, lading, freight, load, loading, payload, shipment, consignmentnoun

    goods carried by a large vehicle


  1. cargonoun

    Freight carried by a ship, aircraft etc.

  2. cargonoun

    (Papua New Guinea) Western material goods.

  3. Etymology: From cargo, from cargar, from carricare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cargonoun

    The lading of a ship; the merchandise or wares contained and conveyed in a ship.

    Etymology: charge, Fr.

    In the hurry of the shipwreck, Simonides was the only man that appeared unconcerned, notwithstanding that his whole fortune was at stake in the cargo. Roger L'Estrange.

    A ship, whose cargo was no less than a whole world, that carried the fortune and hopes of all posterity. Thomas Burnet, Theory.

    This gentleman was then a young adventurer in the republick of letters, and just fitted out for the university with a good cargo of Latin and Greek. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 494.


  1. Cargo

    Cargo consists of goods conveyed by water, air, or land. In economics, freight is cargo that is transported at a freight rate for commercial gain. Cargo was originally a shipload but now covers all types of freight, including transport by rail, van, truck, or intermodal container. The term cargo is also used in case of goods in the cold-chain, because the perishable inventory is always in transit towards a final end-use, even when it is held in cold storage or other similar climate-controlled facility. The term freight is commonly used to describe the movements of flows of goods being transported by any mode of transportation.Multi-modal container units, designed as reusable carriers to facilitate unit load handling of the goods contained, are also referred to as cargo, especially by shipping lines and logistics operators. Similarly, aircraft ULD boxes are also documented as cargo, with an associated packing list of the items contained within. When empty containers are shipped each unit is documented as a cargo and when goods are stored within, the contents are termed containerized cargo.


  1. cargo

    Cargo refers to goods or merchandise transported by ship, aircraft, train, van, or truck for commercial purposes. These goods can include raw materials, manufactured products, or any other items being transported from one place to another for sale, distribution, or delivery.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cargonoun

    the lading or freight of a ship or other vessel; the goods, merchandise, or whatever is conveyed in a vessel or boat; load; freight

  2. Etymology: [Sp. cargo, carga, burden, load, from cargar to load, from cargar to load, charge, See Charge.]


  1. Cargo

    Cargo is goods or produce transported, generally for commercial gain, by ship or aircraft, although the term is now extended to intermodal train, van or truck. In modern times, containers are used in most long-haul cargo transport.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cargo

    kär′go, n. what a ship carries: its load. [Sp., from root of Car.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cargo

    The merchandise a ship is freighted with.

Editors Contribution

  1. cargo

    Commodities, goods and products being transported.

    Cargo is shipped throughout the world daily.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 11, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CARGO

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cargo is ranked #25115 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cargo surname appeared 988 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Cargo.

    63.7% or 630 total occurrences were White.
    22% or 218 total occurrences were Black.
    6.2% or 62 total occurrences were Asian.
    4.6% or 46 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 23 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 9 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cargo' in Nouns Frequency: #2993

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cargo in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cargo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of cargo in a Sentence

  1. Nick Derrick:

    Container losses are likely to be spread among many marine cargo insurers but motor vehicle insurance is a specialist sector and so that market is likely to be hit hard.

  2. Eugene Kabambi:

    That requires either a cargo flight, in which case it would come very quickly but cost a lot, or if it's by boat, it could take a few weeks.

  3. Bruce Terrell:

    The context of the artifacts are important to understand whether they are cargo or personal belongings.

  4. Vasily Kashin:

    Before we had to use amphibious landing ships to carry supplies to Syria. But now they are not sufficient and we are creating a new class of military transports which are part of the navy but in fact are pure cargo ships.

  5. President Nicolas Maduro:

    I decided to leave diesel as it is, not to touch diesel so that there's no problems with cargo or public transport.

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