argosy
noun (plural -sies) Etymology: modification of Italian ragusea Ragusan vessel, from Ragusa, Dalmatia (now Dubrovnik, Croatia) Date: 1581 1. a large ship; especially a large merchant ship <
three of your argosies are…come to harbor — Shakespeare
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2. a fleet of ships 3. a rich supply <
an argosy of railway folklore — F. P. Donovan
>

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  • Argosy — Argosy, as used by Shakespeare (e.g., in King Henry VI, Part 3, Act 2, Scene VI; in the Merchant of Venice, Act 1, Scene III; and in the Taming of the Shrew, Act 2, Scene I), means a flotilla of merchant ships operating together under the same… …   Wikipedia

  • Argosy — (abgeleitet von dem Namen der historischen Seerepublik Ragusa, der heutigen Stadt Dubrovnik, und in keinem Zusammenhang mit der Argo stehend) bezeichnet: ursprünglich eine Flotte von Handelsschiffen ein US amerikanisches Pulp Magazin, siehe… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Argosy — Ar go*sy, n.; pl. {Argosies}. [Earlier ragusy, fr. ragusa meaning orig. a vessel of Ragusa.] A large ship, esp. a merchant vessel of the largest size. [1913 Webster] Where your argosies with portly sail . . . Do overpeer the petty traffickers.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • argosy — (n.) 1570s, from It. (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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • argosy — [är′gə sē] n. pl. argosies [earlier ragusy < It ( nave) Ragusea, (vessel of) RAGUSA (in Croatia); sp. infl. by the ARGO] Old Poet. 1. a large ship, esp. a merchant ship 2. a fleet of such ships …   English World dictionary

  • Argosy — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Argosy peut faire référence à : Argosy, pulp magazine américain ; Argosy Pictures, parfois créditée Argosy, société de production… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • argosy — [16] On the face of it argosy, an archaic term for ‘large merchant ship’, gives every appearance of being connected with the Argonauts, members of the crew of the ship Argo who sailed with Jason in quest of the Golden Fleece; but in fact the… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • argosy — [16] On the face of it argosy, an archaic term for ‘large merchant ship’, gives every appearance of being connected with the Argonauts, members of the crew of the ship Argo who sailed with Jason in quest of the Golden Fleece; but in fact the… …   Word origins

  • argosy — noun a) A merchant ship. 1594 Gremio, tis known my father hath no less Than three great argosies, besides two galliasses, And twelve tight galleys; these I will assure her, And twice as much, whateer thou offerst next. Shakespeare, b) A merchant… …   Wiktionary

  • argosy — /ahr geuh see/, n., pl. argosies. 1. a large merchant ship, esp. one with a rich cargo. 2. a fleet of such ships. 3. an opulent supply. [1570 80; earlier ragusy < It (nave) ragusea (ship) of RAGUSA] * * * …   Universalium

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