ˈä-ˌvän(t) How to pronounce avant (audio)
: 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 Selling all of these incredibly avant garde designers in what was then a pretty conservative city? Mark Holgate, Vogue, 11 Jan. 2024 Luna Luna: An art world amusement park is reborn In 1987 André Heller convinced some of the most notable artists of the late 20th century (including Keith Haring, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein and Kenny Scharf) to design an avant garde amusement park in Hamburg, Germany, called Luna Luna. David Morgan, CBS News, 7 Dec. 2023 Fox, who recently released her new memoir Down the Drain, has an affinity for all that is avant garde fashion. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 26 Oct. 2023 Developed over the decade prior to Sondheim’s death in 2021, the musical draws inspiration from two films by avant garde director Luis Buñuel, whose surrealism and social satire bind the show’s two stylistically disparate parts together. Naveen Kumar, Variety, 22 Oct. 2023 Despite the uptick in colorful kitchen cabinets and avant garde tile backsplashes, classic black and white kitchens still reign supreme among the top trends in kitchen design. Kate McGregor, House Beautiful, 20 July 2023 Meanwhile, in Seattle, the psych and punk bedlam of Freakout Fest rejuvenated its avant curation with continent-spanning talent ranging from rising acts like Margaritas Podridas and Los Esplifs to bonafide legends including Os Mutantes and Los Dugs Dugs. Richard Villegas, Rolling Stone, 17 July 2023 The impact of his fearless embrace of avant garde materials can be traced to collections by Thierry Mugler, Donatella Versace, Miuccia Prada and Jean Paul Gaultier, who chose Dossena as the latest guest designer of his couture program, which debuted in Paris today. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, 5 July 2023 Others likened the avant garde shape of Kendall's look to a scrunchie, a car airbag, a marshmallow, or a comforter. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 27 June 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of avant was in 1965

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“Avant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avant. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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