vanguard

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

Definition of vanguard

  1. 1 :  the troops moving at the head of an army

  2. 2 :  the forefront of an action or movement

vanguardism

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

vanguardist

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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

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


First Known Use: 15th century



VANGUARD Defined for English Language Learners

vanguard

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

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

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noun van·guard \ˈvan-ˌgärd\

Definition of vanguard for Students

  1. 1 :  the troops moving at the front of an army

  2. 2 :  forefront



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