Definition of vanguard in English:

vanguard

Line breaks: van|guard
Pronunciation: /ˈvanɡɑːd
 
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noun

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.
Synonyms
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.

Origin

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

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