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[van-gahrd] /ˈvænˌgɑrd/
the foremost division or the front part of an army; advance guard; van.
the forefront in any movement, field, activity, or the like.
the leaders of any intellectual or political movement.
(initial capital letter) Rocketry. a U.S. three-stage, satellite-launching rocket, the first two stages powered by liquid-propellant engines and the third by a solid-propellant engine.
Origin of vanguard
1480-90; earlier van(d)gard(e) < Middle French avangarde, variant of avant-garde; see avaunt, guard Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vanguard
  • They're at the vanguard of a new gold rush-a race this time to capture the sun's golden rays.
  • With smart power, diplomacy will be the vanguard of our foreign policy.
  • Tang sees himself as part of an intellectual vanguard articulating an ideological framework for his generation.
  • Now a few at the vanguard are tapping the musical potential of networked laptop computers.
  • The animal kingdom's vanguard would have needed all the help it could get.
  • Major players in the adult-entertainment industry, long in the vanguard of technology use, now find themselves playing catch-up.
  • Without wishing to hyperbolize, this is undeniably a vanguard style, demanding fresh definition.
  • He now wants to be seen at the vanguard of the mission to design a new financial system.
  • The danger is that the vanguard may get out too far ahead of the citizens.
  • Still at the vanguard of number crunching, astronomers are nowadays more likely to be processing images than computing orbits.
British Dictionary definitions for vanguard


the leading division or units of a military force
the leading position in any movement or field, or the people who occupy such a position: the vanguard of modern literature
Word Origin
C15: from Old French avant-garde, from avant- fore- + gardeguard
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Word Origin and History for vanguard

mid-15c., vaunt garde, from Middle French avant-garde, from avant "in front" (see avant) + garde "guard" (see guard (n.)). Communist revolutionary sense is recorded from 1928.

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