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Syllabification: van·guard
Pronunciation: /ˈvanˌɡärd

Definition of vanguard in English:


1A group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas: the experimental spirit of the modernist vanguard
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  • It must regain its original role as the vanguard of the working class in its struggle for true emancipation.
  • Alpine is a small but rapidly growing town in the foothills near the edge of the Cleveland National Forest, a vanguard settlement of one of San Diego's many suburban tendrils.
  • They are the vanguard of a social revolution and will have a huge influence on the shape of society in the next two decades.
1.1A position at the forefront of new developments or ideas: the prototype was in the vanguard of technical development
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  • Now we are at the centre of European and international politics - negotiating EU treaties and occupying a prominent position in the vanguard of the Information Age.
  • He argues that the creation of three new rail stations, the introduction of park-and-ride facilities and the opening up of greenways for buses places the city in the vanguard of 21st-century urban development.
  • Even though the Bay Area was not in the vanguard of developing a distinct hip-hop style, audiences and dancers have embraced it with a vengeance.
forefront, advance guard, spearhead, front, front line, fore, van, lead, cutting edge;
avant-garde, leaders, founders, founding fathers, pioneers, trailblazers, trendsetters, innovators, groundbreakers
1.2The foremost part of an advancing army or naval force.
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  • The vanguard of the army began crossing the river in late afternoon on 6 April.
  • Two hundred and four warriors formed the vanguard of the army.
  • Nelson's tactics slicing the enemy line ensured the vanguard played a negligible role in the battle which followed.


late Middle English (denoting the foremost part of an army): shortening of Old French avan(t)garde, from avant 'before' + garde 'guard'.



Pronunciation: /-ˌizəm/
Example sentences
  • That Degas sometimes pursued themes used by other artists in his circle does not mean that he was a victim of ‘the competitive impulse within the functioning of vanguardism.’
  • To the generation of artists emerging in the late 1950s, modernism had ostensibly played its last trump card, and vanguardism appeared to be doomed.
  • There is no evidence that suggests rearguardism is any less dogmatic then vanguardism can be.


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  • For these vanguardists, if something attracted the painter's gaze, it was worthy of being used as the basis of a painting.
  • But in New York, the gifted young sculptor became a sort of society vanguardist whose soigne work was rooted in radical ideas that he made palatable.
  • In some ways, it resembles a vanguardist revolutionary socialist organisation.

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