Simple Definition of vanguard
: the group of people who are the leaders of an action or movement in society, politics, art, etc.
the vanguard : the soldiers, ships, etc., that are at the front of a fighting force that is moving forward
Examples of vanguard in a sentence
<a style of jazz that the vanguard quickly recognized as new and exciting>
<talk radio is often regarded as being in the vanguard of the conservative movement>
Origin of vanguard
Middle English vauntgard, from Anglo-French vantgarde, avantgarde, from avant- fore- (from avant before, from Late Latin abante) + garde guard — more at advance
First Known Use: 15th century
Rhymes with vanguard
Asgard, backyard, barnyard, blackguard, blowhard, boatyard, bombard, boneyard, brassard, brickyard, charge card, churchyard, cloth yard, coast guard, courtyard, dance card, deeryard, die-hard, diehard, discard, dockyard, dooryard, face card, farmyard, fireguard, flash card, foulard, Fugard, Gerard, graveyard, green card, ill-starred, jacquard, junkyard, lifeguard, main yard, mansard, mass card, Midgard, milliard, mudguard, noseguard, off guard, old guard, on guard, Oxnard, phone card, Picard, placard, point guard, postcard, poularde, punch card, rear guard, rearguard, Red Guard, regard, retard, ritard, safeguard, scorecard, shipyard, smart card, sound card, spikenard, steelyard, stockyard, switchyard, tabard, tanyard, tiltyard, time card, unbarred, unguard, vizard, wild card
VANGUARD Defined for Kids
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up vanguard? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).