noun Informal.

a member of the Democratic Party.
the Dems, the Democratic Party.

Origin of Dem

1830–40, Americanism; shortening of Democrat(def 3a)


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Word Origin and History for dem

representing pronunciation of them in Jamaican speech, from 1868. As a minced form of damn, attested from late 14c.

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