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vanward

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adjective van·ward \ˈvan-wərd\

Definition of vanward

  1. :  located in the vanguard :  advanced

vanward adverb


Did You Know?

The troops at the head of an army are called the vanguard, and that word can also mean "the forefront of an action or movement." It was vanguard, rather than vanward, that led the way on the route into English. Vanguard was first documented in English in the 15th century. By the early 17th century, it was sometimes shortened to van-a reference might be made to an army's "van and rear." Some 200 years later vanward brought up the rear, making its English debut when writers appended -ward, an adjective suffix meaning "is situated in the direction of," to the shortened van, thereby creating a word meaning "in the forefront."

1811

First Known Use of vanward

1811


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