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vanguard

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noun van·guard \ˈvan-ˌgärd also ˈvaŋ-\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of vanguard

  1. 1 :  the troops moving at the head of an army

  2. 2 :  the forefront of an action or movement

vanguardism

play \-ˌgär-ˌdi-zəm\ noun

vanguardist

play \-dist\ noun

Examples of vanguard in a sentence

  1. <a style of jazz that the vanguard quickly recognized as new and exciting>

  2. <talk radio is often regarded as being in the vanguard of the conservative movement>



Origin and Etymology 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



VANGUARD Defined for Kids

vanguard

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noun van·guard \ˈvan-ˌgärd\

Definition of vanguard for Students

  1. 1 :  the troops moving at the front of an army

  2. 2 :  forefront





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