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

With the aid of machine-learning algorithms, robots work in tandem with humans to pick and pack items speedily. The Economist, "DistributionAmazon and Alibaba are pacesetters of the next supply-chain revolution," 12 July 2019 Liz Large, the district’s general counsel, reminded board members that the new policy works in tandem with existing district processes and dovetails with other, statewide efforts recommended by investigators in the Whitehurst case. oregonlive.com, "Portland school board nearly finished with policy on appropriate teacher, student relationships," 11 July 2019 The Africa Foundation, founded in tandem with andBeyond, works with local communities to help build schools and hospitals, develop local gardens and farms, and set up craft markets and small businesses. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Leave the world a better place," 9 July 2019 Family Fringe is a separate event that takes place over two weekends in tandem with Fringe (July 26-28 and Aug. 2-4 at the Barbara Barker Center for Dance on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank Campus in Cedar-Riverside). Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Fringe focus: Family Fringe is back, previews start Monday," 5 July 2019 Disney has recently launched a campaign in tandem with The Lion King called #ProtectThePride, which aims to support the struggling lion population in Africa. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Harry May Meet Beyoncé at The Lion King's European Premiere," 1 July 2019 For instance, the researchers did not determine whether interest levels worked in tandem with boredom to engender creativity. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "The surprising benefit of being bored at work," 1 July 2019 Calvin Pickard Pickard is slated to play with the Grand Rapids Griffins in tandem with Filip Larsson. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings NHL free agency: Valtteri Filppula, Patrik Nemeth, Calvin Pickard in the fold," 22 June 2019 Rice jumped in tandem from a C-47 transporter Wednesday and landed in the same area as his first jump — outside the Normandy town of Carentan, the site of a key WWII battle. Madeline Fitzgerald, Time, "'It Went Perfect.' A 97-Year-Old D-Day Veteran Just Parachuted Into Normandy — Again," 5 June 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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