avant

adjective
\ ˈä-ˌvän(t) How to pronounce avant (audio) , ˈa-, -ˌvȯn(t), -ˌvōⁿ \

Definition of avant

: culturally or stylistically advanced : avant-garde avant jazz

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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 on the Web Its creation tells the fate of an avant-garde woman who was ahead of her time. Allyson Portee, Forbes, "Withstanding The Test Of Time, Chanel N°5 Turns 100," 16 Apr. 2021 The avant-garde textiles, which featured floral motifs, paisleys, and abstract patterns, achieved immediate, widespread acclaim. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Liberty Prints Are Over 100 Years Old: Here's Why We Still Love Them Today," 14 Apr. 2021 The former is an Oscar-winning short; the latter is an avant-garde collage-essay film critiquing capitalism, mass marketing and consumer culture. John Benson, cleveland, "‘Hope’ and ‘Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts’ top this week’s streaming movies at Cleveland Cinemas and Cinematheque," 14 Apr. 2021 The avant-garde accessories brand has had a steady list of fashionable collaborations, including with Marine Serre. Julie Tong, Vogue, "20 Ways to Shop and Support the AAPI Community," 9 Apr. 2021 One of the most unclassifiable groups to emerge in the era was the multiracial London quartet Skunk Anansie, whose frontwoman Skin brought a confrontational energy to her bandmates’ funky, hard-rock, occasionally avant-garde songs. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, "Music at Home: 15 Great Punk Songs by Black Artists," 26 Feb. 2021 When avant-garde independent watchmaker MB&F debuted its first Legacy Machine watch in 2011, founder Max Büsser considered its conventional case shape and more traditional layout a risk. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, "MB&F Celebrates 10 Years of Its Legacy Machine Watches with Two New Souped Up Editions," 25 Mar. 2021 Whether humdrum haunts of government bureaucrats or temples of avant-garde design, the Brutalist buildings of D.C. invite both disdain and devotion. Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, "Brutalist buildings aren’t unlovable. You’re looking at them wrong.," 25 Mar. 2021 The performances and scenery changed week to week — candlelit tarot sessions, avant-garde dance recitals, sensory-deprivation play. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. Goth nightclub known for rituals and secrecy has closed amid sexual misconduct claims," 21 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of avant

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for avant

French avant- fore-, front, from avant before, from Latin abante

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21 Apr 2021

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“Avant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avant. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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