from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The front of an army; the vanguard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The front of an army. [Obs.] See van.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The front of an army; the van.
  • n. A prefix of French origin, meaning before, fore. Also shortened to vant-, van-.


Abbreviated from avant-guard. (Wiktionary)



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  • Someone on the forefront is in the avant-garde. When mocking someone who thinks they're ahead of the pack, you just call them "avant."

    December 28, 2006