from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A subordinate chief among the Algonquians of North America.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A chief of several Native American tribes, especially of the Algonquians.
  • n. A juice used in medicine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The head of a tribe among the American Indians; a chief; -- generally used as synonymous with sachem, but some writters distinguished between them, making the sachem a chief of the first rank, and a sagamore one of the second rank.
  • n. A juice used in medicine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A king or chief among some tribes of American Indians.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a chief of a North American tribe or confederation (especially an Algonquian chief)


Eastern Abenaki sα`kəmα.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in the 1610s–1620s. From an Algonquian language; compare Abenaki sôgmô ("chief"), Penobscot sagama, sagema, sagemo, sangemo ("chief"), Mi'kmaq saqamaw ("chief"). (Wiktionary)


  • In a subsequent mission for Governor William Bradford that summer, Squanto was captured by Wampanoag while gathering intelligence on the renegade sagamore, Corbitant, at the village of Nemasket site of present-day Middleborough, Massachusetts.


  • More Indians arrived, a band of thirty and then the sagamore Bessabez, a leading presence in the region.

    Champlain's Dream

  • At first light, the grand sagamore emerged from his lodge and ran shouting through the sleeping camp.

    Champlain's Dream

  • After the Algonquin women finished their dance, a sagamore of the Algonquin, who was called Bessouat or Tessouat, rose and said: See how we rejoice in the victory we have won over our enemies.

    Champlain's Dream

  • On the coast of Maine, Champdoré also met a new generation of Indian leaders, in particular the Penobscot sagamore Asticou, “a man of weight and fine presence” who summered on Mount Desert Island.

    Champlain's Dream

  • As for sagamore Membertou and other chiefs who came from time to time, they sat at table, eating and drinking like ourselves.

    Champlain's Dream

  • He tried to persuade the sagamore that the Christian faith and the Catholic religion were more true and more universal, apparently with no success.62

    Champlain's Dream

  • He talked with the sagamore Anadabijou about their values and beliefs, and his judgments were complex.

    Champlain's Dream

  • The woman of Panounias talked with him, and the sagamore “made a speech, in which he expressed pleasure at seeing us, desired to have an alliance with us,” and promised to send word to Indian leaders named Marchin and Sasinou, whom he called “chief of the Kennebec.”

    Champlain's Dream

  • Champlain welcomed them all to Quebec, and gave them a “kind reception,” in the words of one Algonquin sagamore.

    Champlain's Dream


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