avant

adjective
\ 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

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As an avant-garde architect in the 1970s, Laszlo Rajk became involved in Hungary’s dissident movement. Los Angeles Times, "Laszlo Rajk, Hungarian architect, film designer and political dissident, dies at 70," 12 Sep. 2019 Look at designer Stella McCartney's focus on sustainability helping to influence her label's luxury parent corporation Kering and its competitors, and Dutch designer Iris van Herpen's pioneering use of 3D printing to create avant-garde dresses. Kate Dwyer, Fortune, "An Argument for Sustainable Style: Fashionopolis," 10 Sep. 2019 In 1964, Epstein was a reference-book editor with avant-garde sensibilities. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "Tender Buttons, a One-of-a-Kind New York Institution, Closes Shop," 10 Sep. 2019 For this very chic occasion, Vikander went for an outfit that sits at the more avant-garde end of Ghesquiere’s design spectrum. Vogue, "Alicia Vikander Reveals a Deliciously Dark Side to Her Style in Paris," 4 Sep. 2019 It was recognized as a major contribution to avant-garde cinema. David Henry / Bloomberg, Time, "Robert Frank, Influential Photographer Who Evocatively Chronicled Life in America, Dies at 94," 10 Sep. 2019 The corners of the genre overlap with nearly every other form of music, from jazz and avant garde to more recognizable blues, country, rock, folk and electronic-dance-music. John Wenzel, The Know, "Are we just high, or is Colorado the No. 1 market for jam bands?," 9 Sep. 2019 Rather than allowing the avant-garde topper—which featured a fair amount of greenery amid the fuchsia blossoms—Badu doubled down on the drama, an applicated of crimson lipstick offering her glowing complexion a bit of bold color. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Erykah Badu Takes the Flower Crown to New Heights," 26 Aug. 2019 The 14 songs’ abrasive, shape-shifting instrumentals draw from Ali’s roots in gospel, punk, vogue, Baltimore club and the avant garde. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, "Mining Baltimore's past and present, Abdu Ali releases album of "Fiyah!!!"," 13 June 2019

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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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