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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: avangarde, from avant-garde; AVANT-GARDE

vanguard

noun
     
van‧guard
1

in/at the vanguard (of something)

in the most advanced position of development:
The shop has always been in the vanguard of London fashion trends.
2

the vanguard

PM the leading position at the front of an army or group of ships moving into battle, or the soldiers who are in this position

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