Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Greek Mythology The ship in which Jason sailed in search of the Golden Fleece.
  • noun Formerly, a constellation in the Southern Hemisphere, lying between Canis Major and the Southern Cross, now divided into four smaller constellations, Carina, Puppis, Pyxis, and Vela.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Greek myth, the name of the ship in which Jason and his fifty-four companions sailed to Colchis in quest of the golden fleece.
  • noun An ancient southern constellation, the largest in the heavens.
  • noun [lowercase] In zoology, the technical specific name of the paper-nautilus. Argonauta argo.
  • noun In conchology, a genus of nudibranchiate gastropods: synonymous with Doris.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Myth.) The name of the ship which carried Jason and his fifty-four companions to Colchis, in quest of the Golden Fleece.
  • noun (Astron.) A large constellation in the southern hemisphere, called also Argo Navis. In modern astronomy it is replaced by its three divisions, Carina, Puppis, and Vela.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun Greek mythology The ship in which Jason and the Argonauts sailed on their quest for the Golden Fleece.
  • proper noun astronomy Argo Navis, a large constellation in the southern hemisphere, now divided into Carina, Puppis, and Vela.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun formerly a large constellation in the southern hemisphere between Canis Major and the Southern Cross; now divided into Carina and Pyxis and Puppis and Vela

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin Argō, from Greek.]

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From Latin Argo, from Ancient Greek Ἀργώ (Argō), the mythical ship of the Argonauts

Examples

  • We have a couple of things we're developing and we have a deal together over at Warner Bros, but he's making a great movie right now called 'Argo.'

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  • Giasone's dissipation was signaled by his unknotted tuxedo tie; the Argo was a modern speedboat; Isifile had a pink minidress with a Jackie Kennedy pillbox hat; the Golden Fleece was a big, shaggy coat; and Delfa's outfit was channeling Dame Edna.

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  • Giasone's dissipation was signaled by his unknotted tuxedo tie; the Argo was a modern speedboat; Isifile had a pink minidress with a Jackie Kennedy pillbox hat; the Golden Fleece was a big, shaggy coat; and Delfa's outfit was channeling Dame Edna.

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  • So Willis has been studying the ocean with a fleet of robotic instruments called the Argo system.

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  • The Argo was a long-voyage ship, designed to keep every drop of water, every sigh of air sealed tight inside its skin.

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  • So the head carpenter and all his journeymen and apprentices began their work; and for a good while afterward there they were busily employed hewing out the timbers and making a great clatter with their hammers, until the new ship, which was called the Argo, seemed to be quite ready for sea.

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  • So the head carpenter and all his journeymen and apprentices began their work; and for a good while afterward there they were busily employed hewing out the timbers and making a great clatter with their hammers, until the new ship, which was called the Argo, seemed to be quite ready for sea.

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  • Jason now applied to Argos, one of the cleverest ship-builders of his time, who, under the guidance of Pallas-Athene, built for him a splendid fifty-oared galley, which was called the Argo, after the builder.

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  • Once in Venice I heard a scholar learned in the Greek tell of an old voyage of a ship called Argo, whence its captain and crew were named Argonauts, and he said that it was of all voyages most famous with the ancients.

    1492,

  • One ship only of all that fare by sea hath passed that way, even Argo, that is in all men’s minds, on her voyage from Aeetes.

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