sa·​chem | \ ˈsā-chəm How to pronounce sachem (audio) , ˈsa- How to pronounce sachem (audio) \

Definition of sachem

1 : a North American Indian chief especially : the chief of a confederation of the Algonquian tribes of the North Atlantic coast
2 : a Tammany leader

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sachemic \ sā-​ˈche-​mik How to pronounce sachemic (audio) , sa-​ \ adjective

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They were led by skillful sachem-chiefs who maintained harmonious social relations among their clans. Roger Lowenstein, WSJ, "‘God, War, and Providence’ Review: When Conquest Was Puritanical," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of sachem

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sachem

Narragansett sâchim

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sa·​chem | \ ˈsā-chəm How to pronounce sachem (audio) \

Kids Definition of sachem

: a North American Indian chief

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