tandem

noun
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

tandem

adverb

Definition of tandem (Entry 2 of 3)

: one after or behind another ride tandem

tandem

adjective

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

Yes, Ubisoft is running yet another free Siege weekend in tandem with this weekend’s Six Invitational. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Hollow Knight gets a sequel, Neill Blomkamp makes a live-action Anthem trailer," 15 Feb. 2019 Both work well on their own but when used in tandem the LED activates photodynamic ingredients like collagen-boosting Tara tree and DNA-repairing blue-green algae, turbocharging their performance. Evelyn Crowley, Vogue, "The 6 Biggest Skincare Breakthroughs of 2018," 19 Dec. 2018 Using meth and marijuana in tandem is dangerous, but that’s mainly because of the dangers of meth, not of marijuana. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Fox News warns about THC gummies “ruining families” and “killing” Americans “every day.”," 3 Dec. 2018 Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images The producers worked in tandem with a fact-checking and legal team to corroborate their sources’ accounts. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Sparks Debate and a Ratings Hit," 10 Jan. 2019 In tandem with a flash of bare leg revealed by a sleek thigh-high split, Curtis’s megawatt, Khaleesi-rivaling color transformation already has Twitter buzzing. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "At 60, Jamie Lee Curtis Turns Shocking White Everything Into the Ultimate Red Carpet Move," 7 Jan. 2019 In tandem with her work as one of the city’s most cherished writers, Dey runs a fashion brand with her friend Heidi Sopinka, inspired by their love of vintage. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Cool Girl’s Guide to Toronto," 27 Dec. 2018 In tandem with this, the company is also having to develop new engineering processes. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Edge dies a death of a thousand cuts as Microsoft switches to Chromium," 6 Dec. 2018 Announced in tandem with the new Google Pixel 3 lineup, Night Sight—the tech giant's low-light photography setting that captures vivid images in the darkest of scenes—is absolutely eye-catching. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Pixel's Night Sight is Declaring War on Flash Photography," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of tandem

Noun

circa 1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1b(1)

Adverb

circa 1795, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tandem

Noun

Latin, at last, at length (taken to mean "lengthwise"), from tam so; akin to Old English thæt that

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tandem

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tandem

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

tandem

noun
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

tandem

adverb

Kids Definition of tandem (Entry 2 of 2)

: one behind another

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