- a body of troops going before the main force to clear the way, guard against surprise, etc.
Origin of advance guard
Related Words for advance guardforefront, innovation, vanguard, advancement, avant-garde, fore, front, invention, pioneer, point, spearhead, van
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Historical Examples of advance guard
The Boers must be close up, for the advance-guard is falling back.On the Heels of De Wet
The Intelligence Officer
This advance-guard consisted of his inferior officers and baggage.An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet
A. Henry Savage Landor
So he commanded the advance-guard to turn back and go by the other road.
I don't think that there were more than 400 or 500, evidently the advance-guard.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)
Then uttering a sharp order, the advance-guard bore off to the left.The King's Esquires
George Manville Fenn
- a military unit sent ahead of a main body to find gaps in enemy defences, clear away minor opposition, and prevent unexpected contact
- a temporary military detachment sent ahead of a force to prepare for a landing or other operation, esp by making reconnaissance