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sa·chem

 (sā′chəm)
n.
1.
a. A chief of a Native American tribe or confederation, especially an Algonquian chief.
b. A member of the ruling council of the Iroquois confederacy.
2. A high official of the Tammany Society, a political organization in New York City.

[Of Massachusett origin.]
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sachem

(ˈseɪtʃəm)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) US a leader of a political party or organization, esp of Tammany Hall
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) another name for sagamore
[C17: from Narraganset sǎchim chief]
sachemic adj
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sa•chem

(ˈseɪ tʃəm)

n.
1. (among some North American Indians) the chief of a tribe or confederation.
2. one of the high officials in the Tammany Society.
[1615–25, Amer.; < SE New England Algonquian < Proto-Algonquian *sa·kima·wa]
sa•chem′ic (-ˈtʃɛm ɪk) adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sachem - a political leader (especially of Tammany Hall)
pol, political leader, politico, politician - a person active in party politics
2.sachem - a chief of a North American tribe or confederation (especially an Algonquian chief)
Indian chief, Indian chieftain - the leader of a group of Native Americans
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References in classic literature ?
That worthy sachem landed in princely state, arrayed in a bright blue blanket and red breech clout, with an extra quantity of paint and feathers, attended by a train of half-naked warriors and nobles.
Sassacus, their sachem, fled to another tribe, after his own people were defeated; but he was murdered by them, and his head was sent to his English enemies.
I made inquiries whether, in his researches about these parts, our mineralogist had found the three 'Silver Hills' which an Indian sachem sold to an Englishman nearly two hundred years ago, and the treasure of which the posterity of the purchaser have been looking for ever since.
Planted with their broad ends on the deck, a circle of these slabs laced together, mutually sloped towards each other, and at the apex united in a tufted point, where the loose hairy fibres waved to and fro like a top-knot on some old Pottowotamie Sachem's head.
“He is a genteel savage; but let us go down, and give the sachem his tea; for I suppose he is a descendant of King Philip, if not a grandson of Pocahontas.”
I have seen the head of an old sachem of the forest which at once reminded the eye of a bald mountain summit, and the furrows of the brow suggested the strata of the rock.
I know that they claim not only to have the earth, but that the meanest of their color is better than the Sachems of the red man.
7 The word sachem has been translated a number of ways, including "lord," but almost every English term, like this one, introduces unwarranted European connotations.
At educational facilities, the use of CCTV is growing rapidly, according to Dan DeCastro, director of security and maintenance for Sachem Central School District, Lake Grove, NY.
Members of the executive committee of the Sachem Web Slingers discuss their hopes for the future in the context of their experiences as early adopters of Internet technology.
; (2) the legend of the conversion of local chiefs to the cause of peace; (3) the principles of the League--its internal structure and rituals."(28) The narrative also provides a guide to its members on how to commit the Great Law to memory and recall it accurately: "Should two sons of opposite sides of the council fire agree in a desire to hear the reciting of the laws of the Great Peace and so refresh their memories in the way ordained by the founder of the Confederacy," one sachem (spokesperson) would be appointed to publicly recite the laws.(29)
In order to become the Sachem or the Keeper of Wampum, a Red Man had first to acquire a hunter's degree, then a warrior's degree, and finally the chief's degree.