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[fyoo-guh l-muh n]
noun, plural fu·gle·men.
  1. (formerly) a soldier placed in front of a military company as a good model during training drills.
  2. a person who heads a group, company, political party, etc.; a leader or manager.
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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

Historical Examples

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

    The Monikins

    J. Fenimore Cooper

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

    The Monikins

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • Keep your eye upon Amos Kendall, who has consented to act as fugleman.


    John P. Kennedy

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


    W. B. Woodgate

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

British Dictionary definitions for fugleman


noun plural -men
  1. (formerly) a soldier used as an example for those learning drill
  2. any person who acts as a leader or example
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Word Origin

C19: from German Flügelmann, from Flügel wing, flank + Mann man
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