Definition of sachem in English:
1(Among some American Indian peoples) a chief.
- The leading sachem Massasoit told them that the population had been destroyed by a sickness.
- The elder clan mothers in matrilineal Iroquois society had the power to choose the sachems, or peace chiefs, for each of their clans.
- Like the sachem of the Iroquois and the Lakota of the Plains, Hawaiian chiefs, too, had to adapt to survive and compete against the European intruders, and did so with some success.
From Narragansett, 'chief, sagamore'.
Words that rhyme with sachemBeecham • Mitchum
Definition of sachem in:
- US English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Malaysia
Most popular in Pakistan