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[fyoo-guh l-muh n] /ˈfyu gəl mən/
noun, plural fuglemen.
(formerly) a soldier placed in front of a military company as a good model during training drills.
a person who heads a group, company, political party, etc.; a leader or manager.
Origin of fugleman
First recorded in 1795-1805, fugleman is from the German word Flügelmann literally, flank man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for fugleman
Historical Examples
  • How, sir, do all the members take the manoeuvres from this fugleman?

    The Monikins J. Fenimore Cooper
  • All the Horizontals, sir—the Perpendiculars having a fugleman of their own.

    The Monikins J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Keep your eye upon Amos Kendall, who has consented to act as fugleman.

    Quodlibet John P. Kennedy
  • Then make them very slowly follow the actions of the coach, or a fugleman.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • This tenant, whom we will call Denis, was the fugleman also of a combination.

  • Them he harms not on their short flight—but marking them down, twirls his piece like a fugleman, and thinks of the Twelfth.

  • We then greeted it with three cheers, I myself acting as fugleman, and the tidings sped down the column on the wings of the wind.

  • fugleman, fū′gl-man, n. a soldier who stands before a company at drill as an example: a ringleader, mouthpiece of others.

  • When I looked round, I saw that treacherous villain, Hunsden acting as fugleman.

    The Professor (AKA Charlotte Bronte) Currer Bell
  • Pamina, Papageno, and Papagena are set down as types of the people, and Monostatos as the fugleman of monasticism.

British Dictionary definitions for fugleman


noun (pl) -men
(formerly) a soldier used as an example for those learning drill
any person who acts as a leader or example
Word Origin
C19: from German Flügelmann, from Flügel wing, flank + Mannman
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