\ 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 The methods of its creator, Robert Lepage, an avant-garde Canadian playwright and impresario, may have been partly to blame. F.r., The Economist, "Of life and death “The Seven Streams of the River Ota” and the fallout from Hiroshima," 16 Mar. 2020 Du Yun, who arrived in the U.S. from China and has quickly moved up the avant-garde ranks. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Sweet Land’ astonishes. Opera in an L.A. park examines what it means to be American," 1 Mar. 2020 References to Dryer’s job as a theater designer for the avant-garde company Mabou Mines recur in her art, like ruminations, most evident in gestures to curtains and frame-like proscenium arches. Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, "Moira Dryer’s art of expectancy, at the Phillips Collection and Greater Reston Arts Center," 27 Feb. 2020 Known for her avant-garde approach to materials, Oxman has filled her show with artifacts from her career, such as fabrics made from cellulose, chitosan, and pectin, plusand a silkworm silk tent. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "Only a third of CEOs can explain what their company’s lead designers actually do," 25 Feb. 2020 An artistic underdog creeping their way through the scene, OnlyOneOf is certainly one to watch if just for their avant-garde approach to the industry. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "5 New K-Pop Acts to Watch in 2020," 31 Jan. 2020 Renowned as the most avant-garde of the 20th-century couturiers, Elsa Schiaparelli founded her maison in the late 1920s. New York Times, "A Closer Look at Schiaparelli’s Surrealist Couture Jewelry," 20 Jan. 2020 Indie avant-garde label Eckhaus Latta will show in Manhattan after several seasons in Brooklyn venues. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "New York Fashion Week Faces Designer Exits, Oscars Competition," 3 Feb. 2020 This will sure to be on the biggest collaborations filled and hopefully filled with cozy basics that Gap is known for mixed with TELFAR’s avant-garde gender-bending aesthetic. James Love, Essence, "TELFAR and Gap Announce Upcoming Collaboration," 17 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of avant was in 1965

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19 Mar 2020

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“Avant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avant. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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