[sag-uh-mawr, ‐mohr]


(among the American Indians of New England) a chief or leader.

Origin of sagamore

1605–15, Americanism; < Eastern Abenaki sὰkəmα < Proto-Algonquian *sa˙kima˙wa; cf. sachem Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(among some North American Indians) a chief or eminent manAlso called: sachem

Word Origin for sagamore

C17: from Abnaki sāgimau, literally: he overcomes
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Word Origin and History for sagamore

"king or chief among some Native American tribes," 1610s, sagamo, from Abenaki (Algonquian) zogemo "chief, ruler," from the same root as sachem.

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