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sachem

[sey-chuh m] /ˈseɪ tʃəm/
noun
1.
  1. the chief of a tribe.
  2. the chief of a confederation.
2.
a member of the governing body of the League of the Iroquois.
3.
one of the high officials in the Tammany Society.
4.
Slang. a political party leader.
Origin
southeastern New England Algonquian
1615-1625
1615-25, Americanism; < southeastern New England Algonquian (compare Narragansett (E spelling) sâchim, saunchum, Massachusett sontim) < Proto-Algonquian *sa˙kima˙wa; cf. sagamore
Related forms
sachemdom, noun
sachemic
[sey-chem-ik, sey-chuh-mik] /seɪˈtʃɛm ɪk, ˈseɪ tʃə mɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
sachemship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sachems

sachem

/ˈseɪtʃəm/
noun
1.
(US) a leader of a political party or organization, esp of Tammany Hall
2.
another name for sagamore
Derived Forms
sachemic (seɪˈtʃɛmɪk; ˈseɪtʃə-) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Narraganset sǎchim chief
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Word Origin and History for sachems

sachem

n.

chief of an American Indian tribe, 1620s, from Narragansett (Algonquian) sachim "chief, ruler," cognate with Abenaki sangman, Delaware sakima, Micmac sakumow, Penobscot sagumo. Applied jocularly to a prominent member of any society from 1680s; specific political use in U.S. is from 1890, from its use as the title of the 12 high officials of the Tammany Society of New York.

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