sachem

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. (noun) A chief among a Native American tribe or confederation, especially an Algonquian chief.
  • n. (noun) One of a body of high officials in the Tammany Society of New York City. The sachems proper number twelve, and the head of the society is styled grand sachem.

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Note

'Sachem' comes from the Narragansett (Algonquian) 'sachimau,' chief, ruler.

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