from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • noun obsolete The fore part; van.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The vanguard.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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



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  • "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

  • "Vaward attacks blast apart hangars and tarmacs: blam, blam."

    Eunoia by Christian Bök (upgraded edition), p 29

    May 20, 2010