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  • n. The vanguard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fore part; van.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as vanward.
  • Being in the van or the front; foremost; front.

Etymologies

From an aphetism of Anglo-Norman avantwarde, a variant of Old French avant-guarde. (Wiktionary)

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  • "Vaward attacks blast apart hangars and tarmacs: blam, blam."
    Eunoia by Christian Bök (upgraded edition), p 29

    May 20, 2010

  • "COMINIUS: As I guess, Marcius,
    Their bands in the vaward are the Antiates,
    Of their best trust; o'er them Aufidius,
    Their very heart of hope."
    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 28, 2009