from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The van or advanced body of an army. See vanguard.
  • noun Same as avant-garde, n..

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  • noun archaic The vanguard or advanced body of an army.
  • noun New and (usually) experimental; as, avant-guard music or film.


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  • James: (laughs) Amy Tobin was dark, and she was married to the only genius I ever worked with, Richard Foreman. (avant-guard theatre pioneer) They were separated and we were working together in Stratford and we started a little Guerrilla theatre which we conducted on the lawn before the performance.

    Cynthia Ellis: Tribeca Film Festival Interview: John and James Cromwell of A .45 at 50th.

  • We're probably going to model all future interviews after her avant-guard style.

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  • Just have a listen to Keith Emerson's piano concerto below, or "The Endless Enigma", the first part of which would not sound out of place alongside works by 20th century avant-guard composers.

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  • Editor's note: Not to be out done, NASA has a somewhat retro avant-guard video online (below) - one that focuses on Mars Phoenix.

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  • Lee Breuer, head of the Yale Theater Department, directs avant-guard shows involving dance and puppetry » Blog Archive » Masked Theater and Animation

  • … And if you want to be less literal how about one of those avant-guard scents from the Commes de Garcons Red Series?

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  • Editor's note: Not to be out done, NASA has a somewhat retro avant-guard video online below - one that focuses on Mars Phoenix.

    NASA Watch: Space Science News: August 2007 Archives

  • Another, related problem for this interpretation is that it represents Spinoza as, not an avant-guard thinker anticipating modern physics, but as a rear guard defender, despite his official anti-scholastic stance, of the traditional neo-Aristotelian doctrines of essence and substantial form, open to the same charges of ad hoc theorizing and appeal to occult powers that Modernity and the Scientific Revolution leveled against it in its their rise to intellectual dominance.

    Spinoza's Physical Theory

  • Then, walking slowly, he climbed the steeper slope; and there was a double astonishment for a moment, the boy staring hard at a noble-looking stag, the avant-guard of a little herd of red deer, which was grazing in the hollow below.

    Crown and Sceptre A West Country Story

  • Breus hailed an increase in the number of younger participants and avant-guard ideas alongside a steady decline in Soviet symbolism in Russian art.

    Reuters: Press Release


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