Definition of phalange in English:


Syllabification: phal·ange
Pronunciation: /fəˈlanj, ˈfāˌlanj


  • 1 Anatomy another term for phalanx ( sense 2).
    [ mid 19th century: back-formation from phalanges, plural of phalanx]
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    • The goal is to give anyone with the inkling a chance to pick up a pen or pencil (or crayon) and dip a phalange into a comic collaboration.
  • 2 (Phalange) A right-wing Maronite party in Lebanon founded in 1936 by Pierre Gemayel. Compare with Falange.
    [ mid 20th century: shortened from French Phalanges Libanaises 'Lebanese phalanxes']



Pronunciation: /ˌfālanˈZHēst, fəˈlanjist/
noun & adjective
sense 2.
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  • The murder of a busload of Muslim civilians by Phalangistes, in answer to the killing of Christians outside a church, helped trigger the civil war in 1975.
  • The Militias flourished around political groupings, the most well known of them was the Maronite phalangistes, which had close ties with Israel, and on the Muslim side, a loose grouping called the National Movement.

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