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n. pl. su·per·car·goes or su·per·car·gos
An officer on a merchant ship who has charge of the cargo and its sale and purchase.

[Alteration (influenced by super-) of supracargo, alteration (influenced by supra-) of Spanish sobrecargo : sobre-, over (from Latin super-; see super-) + cargo, cargo; see cargo.]


n, pl -goes
(Nautical Terms) an officer on a merchant ship who supervises commercial matters and is in charge of the cargo
[C17: changed from Spanish sobrecargo, from sobre over (from Latin super) + cargo cargo]


(ˌsu pərˈkɑr goʊ, ˈsu pərˌkɑr-)

n., pl. -goes, -gos.
a merchant-ship officer who is in charge of the cargo and the commercial concerns of the voyage.
[1690–1700; < Sp sobrecargo, with sobre- over (< Latin super) Latinized; see cargo]


Personnel that accompany cargo on board a ship for the purpose of accomplishing en route maintenance and security.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.supercargo - an officer on a merchant ship in charge of the cargo and its sale and purchase
ship's officer, officer - a person authorized to serve in a position of authority on a vessel; "he is the officer in charge of the ship's engines"


[ˈsuːpəˌkɑːgəʊ] Nsobrecargo m
References in classic literature ?
Our ship was on a trading voyage, and had a supercargo on board, who was to direct all her motions after she arrived at the Cape, only being limited to a certain number of days for stay, by charter-party, at the several ports she was to go to.
And as supercargo, with my trifle invested in the adventure and my share in the gains, I commanded the captain.
M'Kay should go in her as supercargo, taking with him Mr.
Morrel," said Dantes, observing the owner's impatience, "here is your supercargo, M.
I saw him, with my mind's eye, on the schooner on which he worked, wearing nothing but a pair of dungarees; and at night, when the boat sailed along easily before a light breeze, and the sailors were gathered on the upper deck, while the captain and the supercargo lolled in deck-chairs, smoking their pipes, I saw him dance with another lad, dance wildly, to the wheezy music of the concertina.