Vanguard Definition

văngärd
noun
The part of an army which goes ahead of the main body; the van.
Webster's New World
The foremost position in an army or fleet advancing into battle.
American Heritage
The leading position or persons in a movement, field of endeavor, etc.
Webster's New World
Those occupying a foremost position.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Vanguard

Noun

Singular:
vanguard
Plural:
vanguards

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

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