sag·​a·​more ˈsa-gə-ˌmȯr How to pronounce sagamore (audio)
: a subordinate chief of the Algonquian Indians of the North Atlantic coast

Examples of sagamore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Governor Henry Schricker, who held the office in the '40s and '50s, presented his sagamore titles with considerable pomp. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, 27 July 2017 The sagamore said the tribe had reached out to Brown over the years about the significance of the land and its ownership claim but the university had recently become unresponsive. Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2017 His new enterprises — collectively they are called Plank Industries but nearly all have Sagamore in their names — are reshaping Baltimore’s waterfront and restoring luster to Maryland traditions and landmarks. Melissa Hoppert, New York Times, 16 May 2017

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Word History


Eastern Abenaki sὰkəmα

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sagamore was in 1613

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“Sagamore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


sag·​a·​more ˈsag-ə-ˌmō(ə)r How to pronounce sagamore (audio)
: an Algonquian Indian chief
: sachem
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