tandem

[ tan-duh m ]
/ ˈtæn dəm /

adverb

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

adjective

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

noun

Idioms

    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

tandem

/ (ˈtændəm) /

noun

adjective

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

adverb

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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Word Origin and History for tandem

tandem


1785, "carriage pulled by horses harnessed one behind the other," punning use of Latin tandem "at length (of time)," from tam "so" + demonstrative suffix -dem. Transferred by 1884 to bicycles with two seats.

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