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 He and Kawhi Leonard are supposed to be good enough to, as a tandem, take L.A. deep in the playoffs. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 June 2021 Keenan Allen and Mike Williams form a fine receiving tandem, but imagine adding Jones to the mix for an offense that lost TE Hunter Henry and didn't have a 1,000-yard receiver in 2020 despite Herbert's huge year and Allen's 100 receptions. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 5 June 2021 Cors and Miller, who reached the quarterfinals two years ago as a sophomore-and-freshman tandem, cruised Friday in their first-round match with a 6-0, 6-2 win against Beavercreek’s Alan Xie and Deven Wells. Matt Goul, cleveland, 28 May 2021 The Rangers needed more than a tandem on this night. Dallas News, 15 May 2021 Mass Change will include a tandem of satellites similar to GRACE-FO, which flies in an orbit around the poles. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 5 May 2021 Never has a tandem of Dolphins draft picks from the first two rounds spent such little time in Miami. Keven Lerner, sun-sentinel.com, 27 Apr. 2021 Soroka, a former first-round draft pick, had been expected to form a strong right-left tandem with Fried at the top of the team’s 2020 rotation. Dan Schlossberg, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 For the Texas Tech game, Musselman started Williams, who had team-highs of 10 rebounds and four assists while forming a strong inside tandem with Smith. Bob Holt, Arkansas Online, 27 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Jones and DeAndre Hopkins would instantly form the league's most lethal wideout tandem, forcing defenses into a terrible choice of poison while allowing Green, Christian Kirk and rookie Rondale Moore to prey on overmatched corners. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 5 June 2021

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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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“Tandem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tandem. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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


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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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