avant-garde

noun
\ ˌä-ˌvän(t)-ˈgärd How to pronounce avant-garde (audio) , ˌa-; ə-ˈvänt-ˌgärd; ˌa-ˌvōⁿ-ˈgärd, ˌa-ˌvȯn(t)-ˈgärd \

Definition of avant-garde

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: an intelligentsia that develops new or experimental concepts especially in the arts the avant-garde in the film industry

avant-garde

adjective

Definition of avant-garde (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to an avant-garde avant-garde writers an avant-garde filmmaker

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Noun

avant-gardism \ ˌä-​ˌvän(t)-​ˈgär-​ˌdi-​zəm How to pronounce avant-garde (audio) , ˌa-​ \ noun
avant-gardist \ ˌä-​ˌvän(t)-​ˈgär-​dist How to pronounce avant-garde (audio) , ˌa-​ \ noun

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First Known Use of avant-garde

Noun

1849, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for avant-garde

Noun and Adjective

French, vanguard

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The first known use of avant-garde was in 1849

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“Avant-garde.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avant-garde. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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avant-garde

noun

English Language Learners Definition of avant-garde

: a group of people who develop new and often very surprising ideas in art, literature, etc.

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