• WordNet 3.6
    • n fugleman a leader and organizer and spokesman (especially a political leader) "a fugleman for the radical right"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fugleman (Mil) 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.
    • Fugleman Hence, one who leads the way.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fugleman 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 fugleman 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fugleman fū′gl-man a soldier who stands before a company at drill as an example: a ringleader, mouthpiece of others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G. flügelmann, file leader; flügel, wing (akin to E. fly) + mann, man. Cf. Flugrelman
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ger. flügelmann, the leader of a file—flügel, a wing, mann, man.


In literature:

When I looked round, I saw that treacherous villain, Hunsden acting as fugleman.
"The Professor" by (AKA Charlotte Bronte) Currer Bell
When a Nation is in this state that the Fugleman can operate on it, what will the word in season, the act in season, not do!
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
But, it's a different thing when a justice of the peace undertakes to stand fugleman for the clergy.
"Wyandotte" by James Fenimore Cooper
I picked out their fugleman, a well-grown boar, and fired.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 15, No. 87, March, 1875" by Various
This tenant, whom we will call Denis, was the fugleman also of a combination.
"Ireland Under Coercion (2nd ed.) (2 of 2) (1888)" by William Henry Hurlbert
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" by W.H.G. Kingston
FUGLEMAN, or more properly FLUGELMAN.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
I did so, and never did a fugleman cut more capers; but here an awkward accident happened.
"Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp" by John Shipp
Then make them very slowly follow the actions of the coach, or a fugleman.
"Boating" by W. B. Woodgate
Keep your eye upon Amos Kendall, who has consented to act as fugleman.
"Quodlibet" by John P. Kennedy