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vanguard

[ van-gahrd ]
/ ˈvænˌgɑrd /
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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.
(initial capital letter) Rocketry. a U.S. three-stage, satellite-launching rocket, the first two stages powered by liquid-propellant engines and the third by a solid-propellant engine.

RELATED WORDS

front, leading, lead

Nearby words

vane, sir henry, vanessa, vanessid, vang, vanga shrike, vanguard, vanguardism, vanhal, vanier, vanilla, vanilla plant

Origin of vanguard

1480–90; earlier van(d)gard(e) < Middle French avangarde, variant of avant-garde; see avaunt, guard
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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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Word Origin and History for vanguard

vanguard


n.

mid-15c., vaunt garde, from Middle French avant-garde, from avant "in front" (see avant) + garde "guard" (see guard (n.)). Communist revolutionary sense is recorded from 1928.

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