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Sep 13, 2013
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fugleman

PRONUNCIATION:
(FYOO-guhl-muhn)

MEANING:
noun: One who leads a group, company, or party.

ETYMOLOGY:
From German Flügelmann (flank man), from Flügel (wing) + Mann (man). A fugleman was once a soldier placed usually on a flank during drill to serve as a guide for his company. Earliest documented use: 1804.

USAGE:
"H.L. Mencken was trying single-handedly to drag American culture out of Puritanism and into the twentieth century, to act as fugleman on this side of the Atlantic for a literary and artistic renaissance comparable to the one then taking place on the other side."
Jonathan Yardley; The Sage of Baltimore; The Atlantic Monthly (New York); Dec 2002.

See more usage examples of fugleman in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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