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.
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How to use vanguard in a sentence
At the intellectual vanguard of his party’s stances on consumer fraud and antitrust issues, he has called for serious punishment of companies like Facebook that he views as having abused their competitive position.
Cardin was in the vanguard of recognizing the importance of Asia to the fashion world, both as a manufacturing hub and for its consumer potential.Pierre Cardin, legendary fashion designer and licensing genius, dies at 98 | Bernhard Warner | December 29, 2020 | Fortune
This supermajority can demonstrate early on that it can be a vanguard for racial justice and equity by passing the PrOTECT ordinance.A Supermajority Is Futile if it Can’t Pass Meaningful Police Reform | Cornelius Bowser Sr. | December 10, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Australia was in the vanguard of nations that had early success in controlling community transmission.A city offers harsh lessons after emerging from one of the world’s longest lockdowns | Claire Zillman, reporter | October 28, 2020 | Fortune
We must create a better planet for future generations, and business must be at the vanguard, partnering with projects like the Earthshot Prize to create a movement rooted in optimism and achievement.Indra Nooyi: Why I’m optimistic about business’s role in solving climate change | jakemeth | October 9, 2020 | Fortune
Stasio was just one member of a vast hacking enterprise, the vanguard of a new cyber war.
He was on the vanguard of domestic policy and created a tremendous amount of legislation that we enjoy today.Bryan Cranston on Walter White’s Future, Directing ‘Better Call Saul,’ and Hillary 2016 | Marlow Stern | August 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When the Stalwart vanguard reached the perimeter, their ranks broke in confusion.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics | Michael Wolraich | July 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In Western political terms, we might think of them as a Leninist vanguard.
At the vanguard of the protests has been the galvanizing effect of social media.Brazil’s World Cup Is An Expensive, Exploitative Nightmare | Vac Verikaitis | May 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And if society—the world of mere fashion—has broadened, how much more should be expected of us, who are the vanguard of our sex?Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
For, filing out of the gates and spreading out across the valley was the vanguard of an army.Valley of the Croen | Lee Tarbell
The town itself was menaced by the Tartar vanguard; and two days before the authorities had been obliged to retreat to Tobolsk.Michael Strogoff | Jules Verne
On the evening of the 23d the "vanguard" sailed, and after a most tempestuous passage reached Palermo on the 26th.The Life of Nelson, Vol. I (of 2) | A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
This ship had been designated originally for Nelson's flag, and he shifted to her from the "vanguard" on the 8th.The Life of Nelson, Vol. I (of 2) | A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
British Dictionary definitions for vanguard
the leading division or units of a military force
the leading position in any movement or field, or the people who occupy such a position: the vanguard of modern literature
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