Vanguard meaning

văn'gärd
Vanguard is defined as the leading position in a movement.

An example of vanguard is the front position in a battle.

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The leading position or persons in a movement, field of endeavor, etc.
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(by extension) The person(s) at the forefront of any group or movement.
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The foremost position in an army or fleet advancing into battle.
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The part of an army which goes ahead of the main body; the van.
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The leading units at the front of an army or fleet.
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Origin of vanguard

  • Middle English vandgard from avaunt garde from Old French avaunt before (from Latin abante advance) garde guard (from garder to guard guard)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Earlier forms vandgard and (a)vantgard, derived from Old French, avan(t)garde from avant (before) + garde (guard).
    From Wiktionary