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Meaning of vanguard by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Earlier forms vandgard and ( a )vantgard, derived from Old French, avan( t )garde from avant ( before ) + garde ( guard )


    vanguard ( plural: vanguards )

    1. The leading units at the front of an army or fleet .
    2. ( by extension ) The persons at the forefront of any group or movement .



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Explanation of vanguard by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the position of greatest importance or advancement

    2. the leading units moving at the head of an army

    3. any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field ( especially in the arts )

    Definition of vanguard by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Vanguard n. [For vantguard, avantguard, F. avant-garde; avant before, fore + garde guard. See Avant, Ab-,Ante-, and Guard, and cf. Advance, Vamp, Van of an army, Vaward.] ( Mil. ) The troops who march in front of an army; the advance guard; the van.