vanguard

noun van·guard \ ˈvan-ˌgärd also ˈvaŋ- \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of vanguard

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

vanguardism

play \ˈvan-ˌgär-ˌdi-zəm also ˈvaŋ-\ noun

vanguardist

play \ˈvan-ˌgär-dist also ˈvaŋ-\ noun

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Examples of vanguard in a Sentence

  1. a style of jazz that the vanguard quickly recognized as new and exciting

  2. talk radio is often regarded as being in the vanguard of the conservative movement

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Origin and Etymology of vanguard

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

vanguard Synonyms



VANGUARD Defined for English Language Learners

vanguard

noun

Definition of vanguard for English Language Learners

  • : the group of people who are the leaders of an action or movement in society, politics, art, etc.

  • the vanguard : the soldiers, ships, etc., that are at the front of a fighting force that is moving forward


VANGUARD Defined for Kids

vanguard

noun van·guard \ ˈvan-ˌgärd \

Definition of vanguard for Students

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


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