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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
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  • He served under the British with the Sutherland fencibles, and afterwards as fugleman in the royals.

  • How, sir, do all the members take the manoeuvres from this fugleman?

    The Monikins J. Fenimore Cooper
  • 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.

  • All the Horizontals, sir—the Perpendiculars having a fugleman of their own.

    The Monikins J. Fenimore Cooper
  • fugleman otter leaped down, and, seizing the supplemental pick between his teeth, mouthed it over to the digger.

    In the Oregon Country George Palmer Putnam
  • Keep your eye upon Amos Kendall, who has consented to act as fugleman.

    Quodlibet John P. Kennedy
  • fugleman otter leaped down, and seizing the supplemental pick between his teeth, mouthed it over to the digger.

    Mount Rainier Various
  • 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.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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