What does the word sachem mean?

Usage examples for sachem

  1. Then the sachem turned as if to move away, and General Herkimer, remembering what he had promised Sergeant Corney and Jacob, said, in a friendly tone: " Wait one moment, Captain Brant. – The Minute Boys of the Mohawk Valley by James Otis
  2. As there is no hereditary chief to poise on one of the legs of the great tripod, the people at the foot of the beam choose one from among themselves, periodically, who is called the Great Sachem. – The Monikins by J. Fenimore Cooper
  3. Colonel William L. Stone, in his " Life of Red Jacket," relates the following: In 1816, after Red Jacket took up his residence on Buffalo Creek, east of the city, a young French count traveling through the country made a brief stay at Buffalo, whence he sent a request to the sachem to visit him at his hotel. – The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts by George W. Holley