\ˈä-ˌvän(t), 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

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Get a primer on how Georgian wine is made at the region’s best wine museum with life-size mannequins, detailed placards, and a collection of farm tools that Fred Flintstone might call avant-garde. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to Georgian Wine Country," 5 Sep. 2018 The designer’s collaborations with artists and artisans are legion, and Strettell picked up the thread from there, focusing his selection on avant-garde art and photography books. Vogue, "Backing Print: Gucci Wooster Opens a Bookstore Curated by Dashwood Books," 20 Nov. 2018 Even the avant-garde, out-there ones, like Fenty's pigmented silver Diamond Ball highlighter, found their way onto my face. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "This 'Glass Highlighter' Gives Your Skin the Most Natural Glow," 29 Oct. 2018 Will Princess Beatrice wear her most avant-garde hat ever? Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "How to Watch and Live Stream Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding Tomorrow," 11 Oct. 2018 As Rihanna's Instagram caption explains, the look was created in collaboration with Isamaya Ffrench, who's a celebrity makeup artist known for pushing the boundaries of makeup in a very avant-garde, Alexander McQueen–ish way. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Rihanna Brought Back Skinny Brows, and the Internet Isn't Ready," 2 Aug. 2018 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

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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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