• (British) IPA: /æˈvɑ̃t.ɡɑːd/, /æˈvɑ̃.ɡɑːd/, /ˌæ.vɑ̃ˈɡɑːd/, /ˈæ.vn̩t.ɡɑːd/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌɑˌvɑntˈɡɑɹd/, /əˌvɑntˈɡɑɹd/, /ˌæ.vɑntˈɡɑɹd/, /ˌɑˌvæntˈɡɑɹd/, /əˌvæntˈɡɑɹd/, /ˌɑˌvɑ̃ˈɡɑɹd/, /ˌæˌvɑ̃ˈɡɑɹd/

avant-garde (plural avant-gardes)

  1. (obsolete) The vanguard of an army or other force.
    Antonyms: arrière-garde
  2. Any group of people who invent or promote new techniques or concepts, especially in the arts.
    Antonyms: arrière-garde
  • (group of people associated with the new) vanguard
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  1. Innovative, pioneering, especially when extremely or obviously so.
    • It was a very avant-garde production.
    • 2014, James Dobson, "Modesty and Self-Esteem"
      I fear she will pay a heavy price for the avant-garde ideas she has been sold.
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