Definition Of sachem


(among some American Indian peoples) a chief or leader.

The leading sachem Massasoit told them that the population had been destroyed by a sickness.

Example Of sachem

  • a Mafia sachem

  • Among the Five Nations or League of the Iroquois, the sachem was a formally recognized social role, which was an elected position and, more significantly, limited to men.

  • Each appointed a sachem and deputy to the tribal council.

  • He claimed that all the others in his group were burned at the stake, but that he was saved and married by a sachem 's widowed daughter, whose dowry included European scalps.

  • In fact there are cases where Indians cheated other Indians by claiming the rights to sell land and transferring all the land of another sachem or tribe to the English.

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