- The definition of avant garde is new and innovative in style or method, usually describing something in the arts.
An example of avant garde is a up-and-coming painter who is using a new, modern painting style.
Origin of avant-gardeFrench literally , advance guard
Origin of avant-gardeFrench, from Old French, vanguard; see vanguard.
- Alternative form of avant-garde.
(comparative more avant-garde, superlative most avant-garde)