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 Nevada Gigafactory is also opening The Verge reports that Tesla is also opening its massive battery factory in Nevada in tandem with activities in Fremont. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Alameda County starts to back down in fight over Tesla Fremont factory," 13 May 2020 Cryptocurrencies have been under pressure this year, selling off in tandem with traditional assets as investors try to price in the coronavirus outbreak that has shut down economies globally. Vildana Hajric, Bloomberg.com, "Cryptocurrencies Index Flashes First Buy Signal in Three Months," 10 May 2020 Given these circumstances, authors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, India, studied the effectiveness of yoga in tandem with medications for people with migraines. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Struggling with migraines? This specific yoga routine can help, study says," 6 May 2020 Meanwhile, the difficult laboratory science, such as animal testing, is in many ways, being leapfrogged or running in tandem with testing in people. Carolyn Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, "Inside the extraordinary race to invent a coronavirus vaccine," 3 May 2020 The concoction was brewed by Moderna, a biotechnology firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and developed in tandem with scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Andrew Zaleski, Popular Mechanics, "So When Will a COVID-19 Vaccine Be Available?," 29 Apr. 2020 Demand at food banks soars in tandem with millions of people losing jobs or income. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Living in a war zone: What it teaches about surviving a pandemic," 29 Apr. 2020 Rather, any breakthroughs in antigen testing will likely have to be scaled up in tandem with PCR testing in order for health officials to determine how much the virus has spread in a community. NBC News, "What is antigen testing? How a new test could help track the coronavirus outbreak," 28 Apr. 2020 In tandem with Liess’ trademark easy-living design style, the not-your-grandmother’s garden parties are made bespoke by using whatever’s ripe and in season at the moment. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "Designer Lauren Liess Hosts a Homegrown Supper at Home," 25 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of tandem was circa 1785

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20 May 2020

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“Tandem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tandem. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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