[ flang-ker ]
/ ˈflæŋ kər /


a person or thing that flanks.
Military. one of a body of soldiers placed on the flank of an army to guard a line of march.
Fortification. a fortification projecting so as to defend another work or to command the flank of an assailing body.
  1. Also called flank·er·back. an offensive back who lines up outside of an end.
  2. split end.

Origin of flanker

First recorded in 1540–50; flank + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for flanker

/ (ˈflæŋkə) /


one of a detachment of soldiers detailed to guard the flanks, esp of a formation
a projecting fortification, used esp to protect or threaten a flank
rugby a wing forward
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