Definition of


  1. (noun, person) a chief of a North American tribe or confederation (especially an Algonquian chief)
  2. (noun, person) a political leader (especially of Tammany Hall)

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Synonyms of Sachem


Alternate forms of Sachem

Hypernyms: indian chief, indian chieftain, pol, political leader, politician, politico

Origin of the word Sachem

  1. chief of an Amer. Indian tribe, 1622, from Narragansett (Algonquian) sachimau "chief, ruler," cognate with Abenaki sangman, Delaware sakima, Micmac sakumow, Penobscot sagumo (source of sagamore, 1613). Applied jocularly to a prominent member of any society from 1684; specific political use in U.S. is from 1890, from its use as the title… more

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