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 Jackson expects one person will work in tandem with the Recreation Department and the Office of Prevention, Intervention and Opportunities to coordinate that work. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson seizes moment, using Health Department restructuring to advance programs to address racism, crime," 22 Sep. 2020 Gangel worked in tandem with Elsa Walsh, herself an accomplished reporter who helps edit her husband's books, to encourage release of the tapes. David Bauder, Star Tribune, "Woodward says CNN reporter urged him to release Trump tapes," 22 Sep. 2020 Up to five of these fans can work in tandem using the proprietary color-control software, allowing incredible and unique lighting effects to take place in harmony with the rest of your rig. Popular Science, "The best gear to upgrade your gaming atmosphere," 22 Sep. 2020 When Microsoft’s bid failed to gain traction, Oracle and, somewhat improbably, Walmart emerged as contenders, the two companies working in tandem. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Trump’s Misguided, Jingoistic War Against TikTok," 21 Sep. 2020 Dual air bags, anti-lock brakes, and traction control (unfortunately with no manual override) are standard equipment, as are seatbelt tensioners that cinch the manual three-point belts and rear-center lap belt in tandem with air-bag detonation. Martin Padgett Jr., Car and Driver, "Tested: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 600SEL Delivers Unparalleled Excess," 16 Sep. 2020 The joyful photo William and Kate selected was from happier times when the trio set up their successful mental health campaign and worked in tandem on the initiative for a few years. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Wish Prince Harry a Happy Birthday with Poignant Photo," 15 Sep. 2020 The two will work more in tandem than with larger tiles, where the grout will take more of a backseat. Sarah Baird, Good Housekeeping, "Grout," 14 Sep. 2020 Often working in tandem with shoe molding (but occasionally standing alone), baseboards not only can add character to a room but help tie it to the design identity of other parts of the house. Sarah Baird, House Beautiful, "Molding," 14 Sep. 2020

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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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29 Sep 2020

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“Tandem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tandem. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce tandem (audio)

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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