- the chief of a tribe.
- the chief of a confederation.
Origin of sachem
OTHER WORDS FROM sachemsa·chem·dom, nounsa·chem·ic [sey-chem-ik, sey-chuh-mik], /seɪˈtʃɛm ɪk, ˈseɪ tʃə mɪk/, adjectivesa·chem·ship, noun
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How to use sachem in a sentence
Soon after he had some lively service in the Wasp, and captured a British privateer with the little sloop Sachem.Stories of Our Naval Heroes|Various
Who are you with a white skin who speak like a crested sachem?The Reckoning|Robert W. Chambers
The Indians of several villages were sometimes united together in a petty tribe and were ruled by a sachem, or chief.
For several years Philip was grand sachem of the Wampanoags and kept this treaty with great faithfulness.
He knew that the son of the grand sachem of the Wampanoags could do anything that any other Indian had done.