[tan-duh m]


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


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


Nearby words

  1. tanaquil,
  2. tanbark,
  3. tanbark oak,
  4. tanbur,
  5. tancred,
  6. tandem bicycle,
  7. tandem roller,
  8. tandem trailer,
  9. tandem-compound,
  10. tandjungpriok


    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



a bicycle with two sets of pedals and two saddles, arranged one behind the other for two riders
a two-wheeled carriage drawn by two horses harnessed one behind the other
a team of two horses so harnessed
any arrangement of two things in which one is placed behind the other
in tandem together or in conjunction


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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Word Origin and History for 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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