noun (1)
\ ˌä-ˌvän(t)-ˈgärd How to pronounce avant-garde (audio) , ˌa-; ə-ˈvänt-ˌ; ˌa-ˌvōⁿ-ˈ, ˌa-ˌvȯn(t)-ˈ\

Definition of avant-garde

 (Entry 1 of 7)

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



Definition of avant-garde (Entry 2 of 7)

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


noun (2)
garde-man·​ger | \ ˌgärd-ˌmäⁿ-ˈzhā How to pronounce garde-manger (audio) \
plural garde-mangers\ ˌgärd-​ˌmäⁿ-​ˈzhā(z) How to pronounce garde-mangers (audio) \

Definition of garde-manger (Entry 3 of 7)

: a cook who specializes in the preparation of cold foods (such as meats, fish, and salads)

Dieu vous garde

French phrase (1)
\ dyœ-vü-gärd How to pronounce Dieu vous garde (audio) \

Definition of Dieu vous garde (Entry 4 of 7)

: God keep you

en garde

French phrase (2)
\ äⁿ-gärd How to pronounce en garde (audio) \

Definition of en garde (Entry 5 of 7)

: on guard

garde du corps

French noun phrase
\ gärd-dᵫ-kȯr How to pronounce garde du corps (audio) \

Definition of garde du corps (Entry 6 of 7)

: bodyguard


noun (3)
\ ¦gärdə(ˌ)kȯ¦lā\

Definition of garde-collet (Entry 7 of 7)

: a raised plate or ridge on the shoulder piece of armor to protect the neck

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Other Words from avant-garde

Noun (1)

avant-gardism \ -​ˈgär-​ˌdi-​zəm How to pronounce avant-gardism (audio) \ noun
avant-gardist \ -​ˈgär-​dist How to pronounce avant-gardist (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for avant-garde

Synonyms: Noun (1)

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 (1)

1849, in the meaning defined above


1925, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for avant-garde

Noun (1) and Adjective

French, vanguard

Noun (2)

French, literally, one who keeps food

Noun (3)

French, from garder to guard + collet collar

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The first known use of avant-garde was in 1849

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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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to take the place or position of

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