vanguard

noun
van·guard | \ ˈvan-ˌgärd also ˈvaŋ- \

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 alsoˈvaŋ- \ noun
vanguardist \ˈvan-ˌgär-dist alsoˈvaŋ- \ 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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Liedtke sees Canada as on the vanguard, just the second country to nationally legalize recreational marijuana after Uruguay, which began legal sales in 2017. Lornet Turnbull, Washington Post, "When marijuana is legal in Canada, Americans are expected to flock. But the border, and U.S. law, stands in the way.," 11 July 2018 Liedtke sees Canada as on the vanguard, just the second country to nationally legalize recreational marijuana after Uruguay, which began legal sales in 2017. Author: Lornet Turnbull, Katie Zezima, Anchorage Daily News, "When marijuana is legal in Canada, Americans are expected to flock. But the border, and US law, stands in the way.," 11 July 2018 Through the expanding sports scene, sneakers had assumed their position on the vanguard of popular culture. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "A Brief History of America’s Obsession With Sneakers," 18 May 2018 Dominica and Saint Lucia are nowhere close to soccer’s pinnacle or vanguard. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Concacaf Nations' 'Preference' for Morocco's 2026 World Cup Bid Adds to Voting Uncertainty," 5 Apr. 2018 The assault is led by an alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab militias that is the vanguard of Western efforts to destroy Islamic State in Syria. Nabih Bulos, latimes.com, "It's an awkward dance as the U.S., Russia and Iran all zero in on Islamic State," 22 June 2018 Longtime Starbucks boss Howard Schultz brews a cup of coffee at the company’s Costa Rican coffee farm George Steinmetz for TIME Rodriguez and his research are the vanguard of Starbucks’ efforts to adapt. Justin Worland/alajuela, Time, "Your Morning Cup of Coffee Is in Danger. Can the Industry Adapt in Time?," 21 June 2018 But, artists are the vanguards of political and social change. Kt Hawbaker, chicagotribune.com, "Performance artist Alok Vaid-Menon on why identity categories don't work — but stories do," 21 June 2018 In a follow-up interview with Fortune, Sacks predicted that real estate will be the vanguard for a market where all sorts of assets—from fine art to shares in private funds—will be tokenized. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "PayPal Alum: How Blockchain Will Change Investing and Why Real Estate Will Be First," 19 May 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 vanguard : the soldiers, ships, etc., that are at the front of a fighting force that is moving forward

vanguard

noun
van·guard | \ ˈvan-ˌgärd \

Kids Definition of vanguard

1 : the troops moving at the front of an army

2 : forefront

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