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n. pl. ar·go·sies
1. Nautical
a. A large merchant ship.
b. A fleet of ships.
2. A rich source or supply: an argosy of adventure lore.

[Alteration of obsolete ragusye, from Italian ragusea, vessel of Ragusa (Dubrovnik).]
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n, pl -sies
(Nautical Terms) archaic or poetic a large abundantly laden merchant ship, or a fleet of such ships
[C16: from Italian Ragusea (nave) (ship) of Ragusa]
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(ˈɑr gə si)

n., pl. -sies.
1. a large merchant ship, esp. one with a rich cargo.
2. a fleet of such ships.
3. an opulent supply or collection.
[1570–80; earlier ragusy < Italian (nave) ragusea (ship) of Ragusa]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.argosy - one or more large merchant shipsargosy - one or more large merchant ships  
fleet - a group of steamships operating together under the same ownership
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