First attested in the 1610s–1620s. From an Algonquian language; compare Abenaki sôgmô, sôgemô (“chief”); Penobscot sagama, sagema, sagemo, sangemo (“chief”); Mi'kmaq saqamaw (“chief”). Ultimately the same Proto-Algonquian root *sa·kima·wa as sachem.
sagamore (plural sagamores)
- A chief of one or several Native American tribe(s), especially of the Algonquians.
- Be it sagamore, sachem, or powwow. — Longfellow.
- (obsolete) A juice used in medicine.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)