Definition of


  1. (noun, group) a political organization within the Democratic Party in New York City (late 1800's and early 1900's) seeking political control by corruption and bossism

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Synonyms of Tammany

tammany hall, tammany society

Alternate forms of Tammany

Hypernyms: organisation, organization

Origin of the word Tammany

  1. synonymous with "Democratic Party in New York City," hence, late 19c., proverbial for "political and municipal corruption," from Tammany Hall, on 14th Street, headquarters of a social club incorporated 1789, named for Delaware Indian chief Tamanen, who sold land to William Penn in 1683 and '97. Around the time of the American Revolution he was popularly canonized as S… more

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