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adjective, adverb
  1. toward or in the van or front.
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Origin of vanward

First recorded in 1810–20; van1 + -ward
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Historical Examples

  • In the vanward, or vanguard; misprinted "vanward" in some editions.

    The Lady of the Lake

    Sir Walter Scott

  • The vanward flights of twirling flakes came on then, as if suddenly unleashed, the wind sprang up, and the great fight began.

  • This was now the battle-road of the Host, and the vanward entered it at once, turning their backs upon the Shivering Flood.

  • A man should be only partially before his time—to be completely to the vanward in aspirations is fatal to fame.

  • With them go certain other Bavarians; accompanying or preceding, as in the Vanward case.

British Dictionary definitions for vanward


adjective, adverb
  1. in or towards the front
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