[ uh-vahnt-gahrd, uh-vant-, av-ahnt-, ah-vahnt-; French a-vahn-gard ]
/ əˌvɑntˈgɑrd, əˌvænt-, ˌæv ɑnt-, ˌɑ vɑnt-; French a vɑ̃ˈgard /
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.
unorthodox or daring; radical.
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Origin of avant-garde
1475–85; in sense “vanguard”; <French: literally, fore-guard. See vanguard
OTHER WORDS FROM avant-gardea·vant-gard·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for avant-garde
/ (ˌævɒŋˈɡɑːd, French avɑ̃ɡard) /
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
Derived forms of avant-gardeavant-gardism, nounavant-gardist, noun
Word Origin for avant-garde
from French: vanguard
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