- 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
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Examples from the Web for vanguard
Stasio was just one member of a vast hacking enterprise, the vanguard of a new cyber war.How the NSA Became a Killing Machine
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He was on the vanguard of domestic policy and created a tremendous amount of legislation that we enjoy today.Bryan Cranston on Walter White’s Future, Directing ‘Better Call Saul,’ and Hillary 2016
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At the vanguard of the protests has been the galvanizing effect of social media.Brazil’s World Cup Is An Expensive, Exploitative Nightmare
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Miller has long been a regular contributor on anti-Semitic and white supremacist Internet forum Vanguard News Network (VNN).Hate—and Hitler—in the Heartland: The Arrest of Frazier Glenn Miller
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For a whole month the German vanguard remained on the lookout in the village.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
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We are the pioneers, the vanguard, the riskers full of faith and hope.Fruitfulness
Had we been forced to meet them vanguard to vanguard, on an equal footing, who could have been surprised?Hellenica
Shall the vanguard consist of men who are greediest of honour?The Memorabilia
Yet what of that great oncoming horde of which we were but the vanguard?The Trail of '98
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- the leading division or units of a military force
- the leading position in any movement or field, or the people who occupy such a positionthe vanguard of modern literature
C15: from Old French avant-garde, from avant- fore- + garde guard
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Word Origin and History for vanguard
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