tan·​dem | \ ˈtan-dəm How to pronounce tandem (audio) \

Definition of tandem

 (Entry 1 of 3)

b(1) : a 2-seated carriage drawn by horses harnessed one before the other
(2) : a team so harnessed
c : a vehicle (such as a motortruck) having close-coupled pairs of axles
2 : a group of two or more arranged one behind the other or used or acting in conjunction
in tandem
1 : in partnership or conjunction
2 : in a tandem arrangement



Definition of tandem (Entry 2 of 3)

: one after or behind another ride tandem



Definition of tandem (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : consisting of things or having parts arranged one behind the other
2 : working or occurring in conjunction with each other

Examples of tandem in a Sentence

Noun The team has a tandem of talented guards.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During the pandemic, his food ministry included cooking in tandem — via Zoom — with a friend during her end stages of cancer. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's how Milwaukee-area faith leaders view Easter dining, in a year and season of rebirth," 31 Mar. 2021 To narrow down the field of possible answers, the scientists studied the group of several thousand genes that are found to be expressed in tandem with venom release in animals with venom glands. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Humans Will Probably Evolve to Be Venomous," 30 Mar. 2021 Working in tandem with the local council, the original Macari Centre was born in 2016 with the former footballer's sole goal to give a helping hand to society's most vulnerable. Patrick Snell, CNN, "Former Manchester United player Lou Macari turns his attention to helping the homeless," 28 Mar. 2021 The two teams moved to California in tandem, in 1958. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "Easy now, San Diego. The Giants still loom large as the Dodgers’ primary rival," 26 Mar. 2021 The two work in tandem to help streamline your creative workflow. NBC News, "Seagate Backup Plus Slim: Why it's my work-from-home must-have," 26 Mar. 2021 The commission tasked its general counsel, Julianne Pastula, to petition the court for relief in tandem with the Secretary of State. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "Redistricting commission to ask Michigan Supreme Court for deadline extension," 25 Mar. 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week released new recommendations in tandem with Biden's school-testing initiative. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "AstraZeneca says trial shows vaccine 79% effective; spring breakers prompt Miami Beach to declare state of emergency: Live COVID-19 updates," 22 Mar. 2021 Two years on, streaming revenues have continued to mushroom, even through a pandemic, and the valuations slapped on Universal have grown in tandem. Tim Ingham, Rolling Stone, "Is Universal Music Worth $29 Billion? $49 Billion? Even $100 Billion?," 22 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of tandem


circa 1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1b(1)


circa 1795, in the meaning defined above


1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tandem


Latin, at last, at length (taken to mean "lengthwise"), from tam so; akin to Old English thæt that

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The first known use of tandem was circa 1785

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3 Apr 2021

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“Tandem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tandem. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tandem

chiefly US : a group of two people or things that work together or are associated with each other


tan·​dem | \ ˈtan-dəm How to pronounce tandem (audio) \

Kids Definition of tandem

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a carriage pulled by horses hitched one behind the other



Kids Definition of tandem (Entry 2 of 2)

: one behind another

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