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A.Word.A.Day--fugleman

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This week's theme: words for bosses, officials, and leaders.

fugleman (FYOO-guhl-muhn) noun

One who leads a group, company, or party.

[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.]

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

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"[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.

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