the advance group in any field, especially in the visual, literary, or musical arts, whose works are characterized chiefly by unorthodox and experimental methods.
of or relating to the experimental treatment of artistic, musical, or literary material.
belonging to the avant-garde: an avant-garde composer.
- a·vant-gard·ist, noun
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How to use avant-garde in a sentence
And, as the enigmatic front man to an avant garde indie rock group, he is droll, perceptive, and splendidly weird.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’ | Marlow Stern | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
How a small London design group seized the moment and brought avant-garde art to classic rock.
From the refined attire at Lincoln Center to the avant-garde dress downtown, we spotted many of the big 2014 trends.
She veers towards the avant-garde, using metal-powder deformed silicone piercings as textural embellishment and digital printers.
Instead, you find your favorite objects displaced by a cacophony of contemporary works, often highly avant-garde and challenging.A New Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum Puts a Modern Face on Chinese Art | Melik Kaylan | January 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If there is any shadowing of either of you, Jules Victor is an invincible avant garde.A Fascinating Traitor | Richard Henry Savage
She got possession of the kiln, as usual, and the ass was sent to graze on the green; but Mary was only the avant-garde.A History of the Gipsies | Walter Simson
These five divisions were the avant garde of the main body of the Italian army.The Short Works of George Meredith | George Meredith
We then started at a smart pace, but could not come up with our avant garde.Soyer's Culinary Campaign | Alexis Soyer
Reading the avant-garde stuff of nowadays, usually the contrast is merely grotesque, still I keep finding parallels.The Trial of Callista Blake | Edgar Pangborn
British Dictionary definitions for avant-garde
those artists, writers, musicians, etc, whose techniques and ideas are markedly experimental or in advance of those generally accepted
of such artists, etc, their ideas, or techniques
- avant-gardism, noun
- avant-gardist, noun
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