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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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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