Definitions for sachemˈseɪ tʃəm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sa•chemˈseɪ tʃəm(n.)

  1. (among some North American Indians) the chief of a tribe or confederation.

    Category: Anthropology

  2. one of the high officials in the Tammany Society.

    Category: Government

Origin of sachem:

1615–25, Amer.; < SE New England Algonquian < Proto-Algonquian *sa·kima·wa

sa•chem′ic-ˈtʃɛm ɪk(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sachem(noun)

    a political leader (especially of Tammany Hall)

  2. sachem, sagamore(noun)

    a chief of a North American tribe or confederation (especially an Algonquian chief)

Wiktionary

  1. sachem(Noun)

    A chief of a tribe of the American Natives; a sagamore.

  2. Origin: From sachem (compare Delaware sakima, Micmac sakumow).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sachem(noun)

    a chief of a tribe of the American Indians; a sagamore

Freebase

  1. Sachem

    A sachem or sagamore is a paramount chief among the Algonquians or other northeast American tribes. The two words are anglicizations of cognate terms from different Eastern Algonquian languages. Some sources contend the sagamore was a lesser chief than the sachem.

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