vanguard

[ van-gahrd ]
/ ˈvænˌgɑrd /

noun

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.
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Origin of vanguard

1480–90; earlier van(d)gard(e) <Middle French avangarde, variant of avant-garde;see avaunt, guard
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British Dictionary definitions for vanguard

vanguard
/ (ˈvænˌɡɑːd) /

noun

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

Word Origin for vanguard

C15: from Old French avant-garde, from avant- fore- + garde guard
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