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avant-courier Line breaks: avant-courier
Pronunciation: /avɒ̃ːˈkʊrɪə/

Definition of avant-courier in English:


A person running ahead, especially a member of the advance guard of an army.
Example sentences
  • General Platen's avant-courier now arrived with the intelligence of his approach.
  • He had served as an artilleryman during the war of Independence, and retained enough of his old military habits to make a most invaluable avant-courier.
  • Landseer, however, instead of following his avant-courier in an hour, arrived in a few minutes after him.


Early 17th century: from French avant 'forward, before' + courier.

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