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vanguard

[van-gahrd] /ˈvænˌgɑrd/
noun
1.
the foremost division or the front part of an army; advance guard; van.
2.
the forefront in any movement, field, activity, or the like.
3.
the leaders of any intellectual or political movement.
4.
(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
1480-1490
1480-90; earlier van(d)gard(e) < Middle French avangarde, variant of avant-garde; see avaunt, guard
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British Dictionary definitions for vanguards

vanguard

/ˈvænˌɡɑːd/
noun
1.
the leading division or units of a military force
2.
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 vanguards

vanguard

n.

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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