American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The foremost position in an army or fleet advancing into battle.
- n. The foremost or leading position in a trend or movement.
- n. Those occupying a foremost position.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A detachment of an army whose duty it is to guard against surprise from the front and to clear the way; the van. Compare van.
- To stand as a guard before.
- n. The leading units at the front of an army or fleet.
- n. by extension The person(s) at the forefront of any group or movement.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mil.) The troops who march in front of an army; the advance guard; the van.
- n. the position of greatest importance or advancement; the leading position in any movement or field
- n. any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts)
- n. the leading units moving at the head of an army
- Earlier forms vandgard and (a)vantgard, derived from Old French, avan(t)garde from avant (before) + garde (guard). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English vandgard, from avaunt garde, from Old French : avaunt, before (from Latin abante; see advance) + garde, guard (from garder, to guard; see guard). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The Federal vanguard is reported to be five miles from the Southern capital, to which point the Confederates had fallen back without any real resistance.”
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“Being in the vanguard is nothing new for Nappier, who in 1998 became not only the first African American woman to hold statewide office in Connecticut but the first African American woman to hold a U.S. state treasurer’s seat.”
“The market for personal data about Internet users is booming, and in the vanguard is the practice of "scraping.”
“The tiny Isle Of Man in the Irish Sea is not known as a vanguard of technology, but this month it was to serve as the test bed for the highly acclaimed third-generation mobile phones.”
“Britain was once known as the vanguard of the railways, a nation that shaped the future of the steam locomotive, latticed its colonies with railroads and held the world steam speed record with the Mallard's 126 mph some 63 years ago.”
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