- the chief of a tribe.
- the chief of a confederation.
Origin of sachem
Examples from the Web for sachem
And as the guide presented them to him, he soon poured some liquid into a cup and gave it to the weakened Sachem.Famous Indian Chiefs|Charles H. L. Johnston
When the sachem was brought up, the Spanish officer examined him attentively.The Queen of the Savannah|Gustave Aimard
Upon the death of a sachem, for example among the Seneca-Iroquois, a council of his gentiles54 was convened to name his successor.Ancient Society|Lewis Henry Morgan
Unicorn is a sachem; he must give an example to his young men on the warpath.The Trail-Hunter|Gustave Aimard
He never became a sachem, but remained always the most respected and powerful leader in the Long House.Cardigan|Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for sachem
Word Origin for sachem
Word Origin and History for sachem
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.