Definition of Tammany in English:


(also Tammany Hall)

proper noun

  • 1(in the US) a powerful organization within the Democratic Party that was widely associated with corruption. Founded as a fraternal and benevolent society in 1789, it came to dominate political life in New York City in the 19th and early 20th centuries, before being reduced in power by Franklin D. Roosevelt in the early 1930s.

    1. 1.1as noun TammanyUS Used in reference to a corrupt political organization or group.
      • ‘They'll also, in somewhat lesser Tammany fashion, feed you.’
      • ‘Running for re-election in 1997 at a flush fiscal moment, he handed out subsidies to an array of interest groups that left him looking more like a Tammany pol than a municipal reformer.’
      • ‘The story of New South Wales Labor MP's torrid time on the turps - and the New South Wales Liberal leader's expulsion from Parliament by the Tammany boys for stating the truth - has made international papers.’
      • ‘I will say that if I were a Democrat and the party candidate were to be decided by a Tammany Hall back room deal, I would be hopping mad irrespective of what candidate I supported.’


Named after a North American Indian chief of the late 17th century, said to have welcomed William Penn, and regarded as ‘patron saint’ of Pennsylvania and other northern colonies.