- The definition of cargo means items that are carried in a ship, train, truck, plane, etc.
An example of cargo is a combination of plumbing parts carried to its destination on a plane.
Cargo being loaded onto a truck.Licensed from iStockPhoto
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noun pl. car·goes or car·gos
Origin: Spanish, from cargar, to load, from Late Latin carricāre, from Latin carrus, a Gallic type of wagon; see kers- in Indo-European roots.