vanguard

noun
van·​guard | \ ˈvan-ˌgärd also ˈvaŋ- How to pronounce vanguard (audio) \

Definition of vanguard

1 : the forefront of an action or movement
2 : the troops moving at the head of an army

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Other Words from vanguard

vanguardism \ ˈvan-​ˌgär-​ˌdi-​zəm How to pronounce vanguardism (audio) also  ˈvaŋ-​ \ noun
vanguardist \ ˈvan-​ˌgär-​dist How to pronounce vanguardist (audio) also  ˈvaŋ-​ \ noun

Synonyms for vanguard

Synonyms

avant-garde, cutting edge, van

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Examples of vanguard in a Sentence

a style of jazz that the vanguard quickly recognized as new and exciting talk radio is often regarded as being in the vanguard of the conservative movement

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The Landmark Mall was once at the vanguard of shopping. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "A Macy’s Goes From Mall Mainstay to Homeless Shelter," 13 June 2018 Aside from the vanguard programs, which require a child be tested and classified as gifted and talented, no documentation is required for elementary students to apply and be accepted to magnet program lotteries. Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "How do Houston ISD's magnet schools and programs work, anyway?," 31 Jan. 2018 This company is at the vanguard of the Chinese commercial space industry. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Vega soars, Delta 2 end nears, hearing a Falcon Heavy launch," 24 Aug. 2018 Polychain Capital is at the vanguard of cryptocurrency investing, attracting backers from prominent ventures capital firms like Andreessen Horowitz, and betting on companies that might define the next generation of blockchain. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Polychain Becomes First $1 Billion Crypto Fund: What Happens Now?," 26 June 2018 Nearly four decades ago, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping chose the region to be the vanguard for China’s economic liberalization. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "A Twist in the U.S. Tariff Battle: ‘It’s Helping China Be More Competitive’," 17 Sep. 2018 Lee is at the vanguard of issues of social justice and representation. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "The Delicate Art of Creating New Emoji," 28 June 2018 Teacher unions are at the vanguard because their ties to the community are long term and close-knit, says Mr. Bruno of the University of Illinois. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, "Court ruling a blow, not a knockout, to public unions," 27 June 2018 As creator and visionary of the Ralph Lauren brand worldwide, Mr. Lauren has been a vanguard for the global fashion industry and American style for nearly half a century. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Ralph Lauren Receives an Honorary Knighthood From the United Kingdom," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of vanguard

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for vanguard

Middle English vauntgard, borrowed from Anglo-French vantgarde, avantgarde, from avant- "fore-" (from avant "before," going back to Late Latin abante) + garde guard entry 1 — more at advance entry 1

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vanguard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vanguard

: the group of people who are the leaders of an action or movement in society, politics, art, etc.
: the soldiers, ships, etc., that are at the front of a fighting force that is moving forward

vanguard

noun
van·​guard | \ ˈvan-ˌgärd How to pronounce vanguard (audio) \

Kids Definition of vanguard

1 : the troops moving at the front of an army
2 : forefront

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