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French, literally "before," in various terms borrowed into English, corresponding to Italian avanti, both from Latin abante, a compound of ab "from" (see ab-) and ante "before" (see ante).

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  • Their fame always preceded them as an avant courier, and crowds congregated to hear them.

    The Haunted Homestead E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • As I was saying, cheek in business generally is the avant courier of success.

    A Pirate of Parts Richard Neville
  • Dans ltat actuel des choses, avant dix ans, toute lEurope peut tre cosaque, ou toute en rpublique.

  • We then started at a smart pace, but could not come up with our avant garde.

  • If sin there has been it must have been taken away again—en souffrance, en esprance, avant qu'il est venu le jour.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • True; but she comes as the avant courier to announce the arrival of her brother.

    The Forty-Five Guardsmen Alexandre Dumas
  • Our patrol, or covering party, ran right across what was avant la guerre, the St. Julien Road.

    At Ypres with Best-Dunkley Thomas Hope Floyd

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