Argosy



a large merchant ship, especially one with a rich cargo.
a fleet of such ships.
an opulent supply.
Historical Examples

His genius was intended to be an argosy, bearing rich cargo between the ports of the gods and those of men.
The Key to Yesterday Charles Neville Buck

The argosy has been so good this year I must have it another; enclosed is $1.75.
Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 4, January 26, 1884 Various

“I haven’t much idea the argosy is read in foreign capitals,” Jeff felt bound to assure her.
The Prisoner Alice Brown

With much reluctance the Khan consented, and the argosy set forth.
Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8 Various

To her, Bill would not merely be the proprietor and chief passenger of this argosy, but the captain, as well.
Good References E. J. Rath

For what argosy of gin was she straining her old eyes seaward?
And Even Now Max Beerbohm

Theirs are the halcyon calms succeeding the storms which our argosy had so stoutly weathered.
The Domestic Life of Thomas Jefferson Compiled From Family Letters and Reminiscences Sarah N. Randolph

His argosy which he had hoped to see returning from her voyage laden with golden freight!
Petticoat Rule Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy

How the news of this argosy flew even to towns a day’s journey up from the coast!
The Children’s Book of Thanksgiving Stories Various

Is not my anger terrible as I dash your argosy, your thunder-bearing frigate, into fragments, as you would crack an eggshell?
A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

noun (pl) -sies
(archaic or poetic) a large abundantly laden merchant ship, or a fleet of such ships
n.

1570s, from Italian (nave) Ragusea “(vessel) of Ragusa,” maritime city on the Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic (modern Dubrovnik in Croatia). Their large merchant ships brought rich Eastern goods to 16c. England. The city name sometimes was Aragouse or Arragosa in 16c. English.

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