[ tan-duh m ]
/ ˈtæn dəm /


one following or behind the other: to drive horses tandem.


having animals, seats, parts, etc., arranged tandem or one behind another.



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Idioms for tandem

    in tandem,
    1. in single file: They swam in tandem.
    2. in association or partnership.

Origin of tandem

1735–45; special use (orig. facetious) of Latin tandem at length, finally, equivalent to tam so far + -dem demonstrative suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for tandem

/ (ˈtændəm) /



British used as, used in, or routed through an intermediate automatic telephone exchangea tandem exchange


one behind the otherto ride tandem

Word Origin for tandem

C18: whimsical use of Latin tandem at length, to indicate a vehicle of elongated appearance
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