noun pha·lanx \ˈfā-ˌlaŋ(k)s, British usually ˈfa-\

: a large group of people, animals, or things often placed close together

plural pha·lanx·es or pha·lan·ges \fə-ˈlan-(ˌ)jēz, fā-, ˈfā-ˌ, British usually fa-\

Full Definition of PHALANX

:  a body of heavily armed infantry in ancient Greece formed in close deep ranks and files; broadly :  a body of troops in close array
plural phalanges :  one of the digital bones of the hand or foot of a vertebrate
plural usually phalanxes
a :  a massed arrangement of persons, animals, or things <a phalanx of armed guards>
b :  an organized body of persons <a phalanx of lawyers>

Examples of PHALANX

  1. A solid phalanx of armed guards stood in front of the castle.
  2. She had to go through a phalanx of television cameras.

Origin of PHALANX

Latin phalang-, phalanx, from Greek, battle line, digital bone, literally, log — more at balk
First Known Use: 1553

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

Rhymes with PHALANX


noun pha·lanx \ˈfā-ˌlaŋ(k)s, British usually ˈfal-ˌaŋ(k)s\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural pha·lan·ges \fə-ˈlan-(ˌ)jēz, fā-, ˈfā-ˌ, British usually fal-ˈan-\

Medical Definition of PHALANX

:  any of the digital bones of the hand or foot distal to the metacarpus or metatarsus of a vertebrate that in humans are three to each finger and toe with the exception of the thumb and big toe which have only two each

Illustration of PHALANX


Next Word in the Dictionary: PhalarisPrevious Word in the Dictionary: phalansteryAll Words Near: phalanx
May 29, 2015
bodacious Hear it
unmistakable, remarkable, or voluptuous
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears