\ˈä-ˌvän(t), ˈa-, -ˌvȯn(t), -ˌvōⁿ\

Definition of avant 

: culturally or stylistically advanced : avant-garde avant jazz

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readers of this very avant novel should not expect to find much in the way of traditional narrative structure

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The chef Richie Farina was part of the avant-garde, elite restaurant Moto in Chicago, which earned a Michelin star. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Step Brothers’ and ‘The Great Escape’," 12 July 2018 Saran-wrap headgear and netting over some entire outfits completed the avant-garde vibe. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Ankle iPhone Holsters Appear at Couture Fashion Week," 4 July 2018 Janney, 68, doesn’t like to be labeled avant-garde. Cindy Atoji Keene, BostonGlobe.com, "Art ‘eats at me all day long’," 29 June 2018 The show made the case not just for the continued vitality of L.A. jazz, which has melded with hip-hop, funk and the avant-garde. August Brown, latimes.com, "Kamasi Washington's ‘Heaven and Earth’ proves jazz's vitality and political power," 29 June 2018 Apart from the European Central Bank, occupying two avant-garde towers in Frankfurt’s Ostend (East End), most financial institutions are within a roughly one-mile radius in the city’s western parts and close to the main train station. Nina Adam, WSJ, "Frankfurt: A Business Traveler’s Guide," 22 June 2018 In 1965, after recording A Love Supreme, Coltrane’s music became much more avant-garde and exploratory. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "“Lost” John Coltrane Album to Be Released," 9 June 2018 Trip Metal Fest A can’t-miss cultural experience for fans of the avant-garde. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music this weekend: Trip Metal Fest, Mollywop, Height Keech," 24 May 2018 From the avant-garde to the wearable, experimentation and design were taken to the next level at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s annual fashion show held at the Spertus Institute earlier this month. Kristin Larson, chicagotribune.com, "Our favorite looks from the SAIC fashion show," 23 May 2018

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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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