from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.


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



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