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

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 on the Web From around the 18th to the early 20th centuries, Catholic pilgrims in Europe would eat small devotional images of the Madonna, Jesus or a saint printed in sheets like postage stamps, long preceding avant-garde chefs and their menus of edible ink. New York Times, 11 May 2022 Viggo Mortensen plays a celebrity performance artist named Saul Tenser who, working with his partner Caprice (Léa Seydoux), publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances. Clark Collis, EW.com, 10 May 2022 Teyana Taylor and Winnie Harlow's sculptural Iris van Herpen numbers may have been an avant-garde twist on the tiara motif, while Jessica Chastain and Janelle Monáe skipped the dainty crowns in favor of head-to-toe regal splendor. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 3 May 2022 Re-visions seamlessly integrates avant-garde rigor with emotional vigor, a combination that is all too uncommon in art of the ‘70s and also all too rare in the present. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 In moving beyond their storied, single-day marathons, Bang on a Can was signaling new ambitions, and was going toe-to-toe with other major avant-garde bashes like the Big Ears Festival in Tennessee. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 While McArthur has a definite presence, the angular charisma, perhaps, of an avant-garde guitar hero like Tom Verlaine, Twist seems even more comfortable in the spotlight. Sam Lipsyte, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Victoria Beckham wore a navy oval style; the Queen wore a lemon-yellow hat; and Princess Beatrice, memorably wore an avant-garde fascinator with a dramatic bow detail by Philip Treacy. Vogue, 26 Apr. 2022 In the film, Stewart plays an investigator obsessively tracking a celebrity artist (Mortensen) and his partner (Seydoux), whose avant-garde performances showcase organ transformations and body mutations. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Avant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avant. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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