Definition of avant
: culturally or stylistically advanced : avant-garde avant jazz
Examples of avant in a Sentence
readers of this very avant novel should not expect to find much in the way of traditional narrative structure
Recent Examples of avant from the Web
Palaces (Loving Touch afterparty): Pig & Whiskey’s 2017 lineup is rich in folk, blues and Americana, but Palaces is an act for the avant-garde indie rockers in the audience.
Bigger than the both of us So here’s Hall & Oates, with a run of Billboard Top 40 hits stretching from 1976 to 1988, heavily influenced by Motown and Philly soul but with elements of folk and even some avant-garde touches on their early albums.
Five years later the pianist and composer Sun Ra invited him into the Arkestra, a path-blazing ensemble that presaged multiple strains of avant-garde jazz and Afro-Futurist art.
From his contribution to the field of onion rings to his avant-garde fashion sense, Fieri is an untouchable cultural trailblazer.
Practically every genre’s been heard in Summerfest’s 30-year-old amphitheater, but avant-garde percussive rock had to be a new one Wednesday.
From the luxury houses that have been running this town for decades like Louis Vuitton and Hermès, to avant-garde icons like Rick Owens and Junya Watanabe.
One of Japan’s most lucrative fashion houses, Sacai has built a reputation for the avant-garde and quirky.
Virtual reality (VR) is rapidly transforming a range of industries, from gaming to filmmaking to avant-garde art.
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Origin and Etymology of avant
French avant- fore-, front, from avant before, from Latin abante
First Known Use: 1965See Words from the same year
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