Argosy


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 ownership. It is derived from the 16th century city Ragusa, now Dubrovnik, in Croatia, a major shipping power of the day and entered the language through the Italian "ragusea," meaning a Ragusan ship. The word bears no relation to the ship Argo from Greek mythology (Jason and the Argonauts). Since "argosy" and "odyssey" sound alike and both refer to ships or voyage by ship ("odyssey" refers to Odysseus' journey, not to his ship, which goes unnamed in Homer's Odyssey), occasionally "argosy" is misused as a synonym for "odyssey," namely as an adventure. The 1940s adventure magazine Argosy fixed that association in many minds.

The word Argosy can also refer to:

* "Argosy" (magazine), an American pulp magazine
* Argosy Cruises, a Seattle-based tour and charter company
* Armstrong Whitworth Argosy, a 1920s British airliner
* Armstrong Whitworth AW.650 Argosy, a late 1950s British civilian cargo aircraft
* Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 Argosy, a 1960s British military transport aircraft
*Argosy, the space-navy branch of the Systems Commonwealth's High Guard from the science fiction television series "Andromeda".
** Argosy Special Operations, an elite branch of the same.
* a 1970s brand of travel trailer and recreational vehicle created by the Airstream Company
* Argosy Gaming Company
* Argosy University, American 19-campus system
* two different spaceship types in the "Escape Velocity" game series by Ambrosia Software
* Argosy as in A Conrad Argosy - book by Joseph Conrad which includes many important works such as "Heart of Darkness" and "The Nigger of the Narcissus"


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  • 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 (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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 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