Definitions for sachemˈseɪ tʃəm
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(among some North American Indians) the chief of a tribe or confederation.
one of the high officials in the Tammany Society.
Origin of sachem:
1615–25, Amer.; < SE New England Algonquian < Proto-Algonquian *sa·kima·wa
a political leader (especially of Tammany Hall)
a chief of a North American tribe or confederation (especially an Algonquian chief)
A chief of a tribe of the American Natives; a sagamore.
Origin: From sachem (compare Delaware sakima, Micmac sakumow).
a chief of a tribe of the American Indians; a sagamore
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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