Definition of "phalanx" [pha•lanx]

  • (noun) A compact or close-knit body of people: "formed a solid phalanx in defense of the Constitution and Protestant religion” ( G.M. Trevelyan).
  • (noun) A formation of infantry carrying overlapping shields and long spears, developed by Philip II of Macedon and used by Alexander the Great.
  • (noun) Anatomy A bone of a finger or toe. Also called phalange.
  • (noun) See phalanstery.

Use "phalanx" in a sentence

  • "He made preparations for an expedition to the Pass of the Caspian mountains, forming a new legion out of his late levies in Italy, of men all six feet high, which he called the phalanx of Alexander the Great."
  • "[581]; forming a new legion out of his late levies in Italy, of men all six feet high, which he called the phalanx of Alexander the Great."
  • "Coming down the pier were royal thranites, holding their polished and gleaming oars aloft while they marched in phalanx step down to the gangplank."

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