[fyoo-guh l-muh n]
- (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
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Examples from the Web for fugleman
All the Horizontals, sir—the Perpendiculars having a fugleman of their own.
How, sir, do all the members take the manoeuvres from this fugleman?
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.Ireland Under Coercion (2nd ed.) (2 of 2) (1888)
William Henry Hurlbert
- (formerly) a soldier used as an example for those learning drill
- any person who acts as a leader or example
C19: from German Flügelmann, from Flügel wing, flank + Mann man
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