Meaning of phalange in English:


Pronunciation /fəˈlan(d)ʒ/


  • 1Anatomy

    another term for phalanx (sense 2)

    ‘See, the fracture occurred in the lower phalange of my left ring finger - a sliver of bone snapped off from the knuckle where the tendons connect.’
    • ‘After the Sayee is over at Marwah you have to get a hair cut or a head shave; women have to have only their hair cut from at least three place the length of one phalange of her finger, approximately 1 or 1.5 inches.’
    • ‘Radiographs of the fingertips of rock climbers, for example, show unusual bony spurs and thickened phalanges.’
  • 2

    (also Phalange)
    A right-wing Maronite party in Lebanon founded in 1936 by Pierre Gemayel.


Late Middle English (denoting a body of troops): from Old French phalange phalanx. phalange (sense 1) dates from the late 17th century. phalange (sense 2) is a shortening of French Phalanges Libanaises ‘Lebanese phalanxes’.