Definition of phalange in English:

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Pronunciation: /fəˈlanj/ Pronunciation: /fāˈlanj/


1 Anatomy another term for phalanx (sense 2).
Example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˌfālanˈZHēst/ Pronunciation: /fəˈlanjist/
noun& adjective
sense 2.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Mid 19th century: back-formation from phalanges, plural of phalanx. sense 2 is a shortening of French Phalanges Libanaises 'Lebanese phalanxes'.

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Syllabification: phal·ange

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