Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A leader, especially a political leader.
  • n. Archaic A soldier who once served as a guide and model for his company.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The member of a military group who leads the way or demonstrates drill
  • n. A political leader, or a ringleader

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A soldier especially expert and well drilled, who takes his place in front of a military company, as a guide for the others in their exercises; a file leader. He originally stood in front of the right wing.
  • n. Hence, one who leads the way.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A soldier specially expert and well drilled, who takes his place in front of a military company as an example or model to the others in their exercises; a file-leader.
  • n. Hence One who takes the initiative in any movement, and sets an example for others to follow; particularly, one who acts as the mouthpiece or in the interest of another or others; a ringleader.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a leader and organizer and spokesman (especially a political leader)

Etymologies

Alteration of German Flügelmann, file leader : Flügel, wing (from Middle High German vlügel; see pleu- in Indo-European roots) + Mann, man (from Middle High German man, from Old High German; see man-1 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A vote of thanks to the government, and three times three cheers, with Mr. Cobden as "fugleman," ended the great Peace Congress of 1849.

    Three Years in Europe; or, Places I have Seen and People I have Met.

  • Besides the old "fugleman", there were several other patriarchs, who now advanced into the water to perform the office of fishermen.

    In the Wilds of Florida A Tale of Warfare and Hunting

  • Imám, artistes or fugleman, lit. “one who stands before others;” and his bows and prostrations give the time to the congregation.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Whenever he varied this attitude in the slightest degree — so much as by the gentlest motion of his arm — the uproar was certain to increase, not merely there, but in the lobby below; from which place no doubt, some man who acted as fugleman to the rest, was constantly looking up and watching him.

    Barnaby Rudge

  • ‘One cheer more,’ screamed the little fugleman in the balcony, and out shouted the mob again, as if lungs were cast – iron, with steel works.

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

  • David Brooks, as loyal an administration fugleman as you will find, asks, Would it be illegal for more people on the left to actually be happy that a story slurring Americans may turn out to be unproven?

    rotten fruit

  • Bellston was as shy, or rather as averse, as any of the tenantry themselves, to acting the part of fugleman.

    A Changed Man

  • When I looked round, I saw that treacherous villain, Hunsden acting as fugleman.

    The Professor, by Charlotte Bronte

  • But how much better than the barren triumph of being the unconscious fugleman of so glittering a popularity must have been the sense of being one of the first that ever burst from our rude island upon that secluded little

    Travels through France and Italy

  • In such conditions the war seemed as great a folly as my sham leadership a crime; and, sending for our sheikhs, I was about to resign myself and my pretensions into their puzzled hands, when the fugleman announced a train.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

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  • "FUGLEMAN or flugleman is the soldier who stands in front of a squad to give the motions." (citation in list description)

    October 9, 2008

  • Great comment by vera :-)

    December 20, 2007

  • not to be confused with fugly-man.

    October 18, 2007