avant-guard a*vant"-guard` ([.a]*v[aum]nt"-g[aum]rd`; 277), n. [F. avant before + E. guard, F. avant-garde. See {Avaunt}.] 1. The van or advanced body of an army. See {Vanguard}. [1913 Webster]

2. Same as {avant-garde}, n.. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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