tan·dem | \ˈtan-dəm \

Definition of tandem 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : tandem bicycle

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


The team has a tandem of talented guards.

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That, in essence, could allow the Heat to play shooting guards in tandem. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Are the Heat planning to go with all-guard lineups?," 2 July 2018 In tandem, the company commissioned a survey of 49 boutique hotel and bed-and-breakfast owners, showing that the hoteliers believed the fees charged by Booking and its corporate peers were too high. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "The Airbnb Challenger You've Never Heard of (by Name)," 2 July 2018 In tandem, however, the Sixers would be left to hope that the Spurs deem Markelle Fultz as something greater than a lottery ticket value-add. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Kawhi Leonard trade sweepstakes may get too steep for Sixers if Lakers, Celtics make best offers | David Murphy," 28 June 2018 Scott Wiener and Kevin de León announced amendments that would make their respective net neutrality bills — SB822 and SB460 — work in tandem. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "California net neutrality bill ‘eviscerated’ in Assembly committee meeting," 20 June 2018 So full credit to Beyoncé and Jay-Z — known, in tandem, as the Carters — for extending their cone of silence all the way to the City of Light. Jason Farago, New York Times, "At the Louvre, Beyoncé and Jay-Z Are Both Outsiders and Heirs," 17 June 2018 The merger process can begin, even with an appeals process working in tandem. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "Where's the beef? IHOP, er, IHOB brings it with marketing stunt that triggers burger chains," 11 June 2018 This half of the joint world premiere – which can be seen independently but makes more sense in tandem – shows what happens to the adults upstairs, while their kids congregate in the basement. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "1st pro theater in Charlotte ever to make it to 30 announces 2018-19 season | Charlotte Observer," 2 May 2018 Seeing Okoye and Black Widow’s combat expertise in tandem is breathtaking. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Avengers: Infinity War isn’t the best Marvel movie. But it’s Marvel’s most daring.," 24 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of tandem

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


tan·dem | \ˈtan-dəm \

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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