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


The team has a tandem of talented guards.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This is in large part because the currencies of economies that do a lot of trade with China have tended to move in tandem with the yuan. The Economist, "How yuan-dollar became the world’s most closely watched asset price," 8 Aug. 2019 The funding — provided through the California Air Resources Board’s cap-and-trade program — comes in tandem with a historic, statewide effort to identifying pollution sources in portside communities, such as Barrio Logan and National City. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego secures $28.5 M in air-quality funding to green up construction equipment, freight trucks and more," 7 Aug. 2019 Created in tandem with Frank Rossi, a Cornell professor who now serves on as the company’s Chief Science Officer, the company’s fertilizer system uses data to optimize lawn care. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Organic lawn care startup Sunday is here to disrupt the American yard," 7 Aug. 2019 In addition to providing flight operations, Elite will work in tandem with Midwest to complete regulatory and operational requirements for Midwest to obtain its own airline operating certificate and aircraft. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Midwest Express enters into agreement with carrier to begin service in Milwaukee," 6 Aug. 2019 Motion Sense will work in tandem with Face Unlock, Google says. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Google leaks more info about its Pixel 4, giving you an 'early look' at new tech," 30 July 2019 Lately, Deutsche Bank's share price has dropped almost in tandem with bond yields, which have recently tumbled even deeper into negative territory. Matt Egan, CNN, "How negative interest rates helped turn Deutsche Bank into a disaster," 29 July 2019 Cruise Night launched in July 1994 when it was held in tandem with a World Cup Soccer game held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Glendale to rev up 26th annual Cruise Night this Saturday," 19 July 2019 The fact that McMillon is the leading candidate to work in tandem with Moses, a Butkus Award finalist last season, is the result of recruiting mishaps and unexpected roster attrition. Rainer Sabin | Rsabin@al.com, al.com, "Why Dylan Moses didn’t know Alabama ILB corps 'was going to be like this’," 19 July 2019

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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

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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