sagamore

[sag-uh-mawr, ‐mohr]

Origin of sagamore

1605–15, Americanism; < Eastern Abenaki sὰkəmα < Proto-Algonquian *sa˙kima˙wa; cf. sachem
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sagamore

noun
  1. (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
n.

"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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