noun van·courier \(ˈ)van + pronunciation at courier\

Definition of vancourier

  1. :  a scout or herald sent in advance :  forerunner, precursor

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Origin and Etymology of vancourier

modification (influenced by courier) of Middle French avant-coureur, from avant- fore- + coureur runner, from Old French courre to run + -eur -or — more at vanguard, current

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