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

If the Fed doesn’t reduce their target interest rate in tandem with a falling equilibrium rate, a recession may result. Scott Sumner, Twin Cities, "Scott Sumner: If and when the recession begins, it won’t be Trump’s fault," 23 Aug. 2019 The song was released in tandem with a video directed by Andy Hines (Lizzo, Anderson .Paak), which depicts a celebratory end-of-summer bonfire on the beach. Hannah Malach, Billboard, "Why Don't We Ask 'What Am I?' on Romantic New Ed Sheeran-Penned Song: Watch the Video," 23 Aug. 2019 But Charles Klobe, speaking for residents of the neighboring Newport Heights Improvement Assn., said the commission’s decision needs to be made in tandem with a potential new restaurant in the shopping center across Avon. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Proposed office building and parking garage draw neighbors’ concerns in Newport Beach," 23 Aug. 2019 And the orchestra works in tandem with Mindful Music Moments, a morning routine that emphasizes a brief musical beginning to the day. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Haslam 3 Foundation donates $4.5 million to 3 Cleveland arts organizations," 22 Aug. 2019 In tandem with making recommendations to the FAA, the organization is also seeking global safety standards. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "What Happens When a Drone Crashes Into Your Face?," 22 Aug. 2019 The industry rose in tandem with the railroads: The oranges went out and the people came in. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The uncertain fate of the San Fernando Valley’s last remaining commercial citrus grove," 16 Aug. 2019 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

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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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