Alteration of Italian ragusea (“a large ship”), after the maritime city of Ragusa, now Dubrovnik.
argosy (plural argosies)
- A merchant ship.
- A merchant flotilla, fleet.
- 1594, Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew:
- 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, whate'er thou offer'st next.
- A collection of lore.