from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A large merchant ship.
- n. Nautical A fleet of ships.
- n. A rich source or supply: an argosy of adventure lore.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A merchant ship.
- n. A merchant flotilla, fleet.
- n. Popular anglicism of the Argonautika of Apollonios Rhodios.
- n. A collection of lore.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large ship, esp. a merchant vessel of the largest size.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large merchant vessel, especially one carrying a rich freight.
- n. A fleet of ships.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one or more large merchant ships
Mediterranean and from them is derived the word "argosy," signifying
A broadening of meaning and another shift in spelling gave us "argosy," denoting any merchant vessel or rich store.
Looking at the first sense of "argosy," you might assume that this word is a close relative of "argonaut," but that isn't the case.
By degrees, smoke began to issue from the sides of the great Grecian argosy, and the voice of Tancred announced to his soldiers that the
The well-known captain of an East Indian vessel lately arrived from Britain was sedulously polite to her; and two or three gentlemen, whom Hartley knew to be engaged in trade, tended upon her as they would have done upon the safety of a rich argosy.
Fastidiously the draught which we did thirst for; A rusted nail, placed near the faithful compass, Will sway it from the truth, and wreck the argosy.
Is that a star? or the lamp that gleams On some outward voyaging argosy, -
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