avant-garde

noun
\ˌä-ˌvän(t)-ˈgärd, ˌa-;ə-ˈvänt-ˌ;ˌa-ˌvōⁿ-ˈ, ˌa-ˌvȯn(t)-ˈ\

Definition of avant-garde 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 \-​ˈgär-​ˌdi-​zəm \ noun
avant-gardist \-​ˈgär-​dist \ noun

Synonyms for avant-garde

Synonyms: Noun

cutting edge, van, vanguard

Synonyms: Adjective

advanced, avant, cutting-edge, progressive, state-of-the-art

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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

French, vanguard

Adjective

see avant-garde entry 1

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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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