• (GA) IPA: /ˈvænˌɡɑɹd/
  • (British) IPA: /ˈvanˌɡɑːd/
  • (New Zealand) IPA: /ˈvɛnˌɡɐːd/

vanguard (plural vanguards)

  1. (military) The leading#Adjective|leading units at the front of an army or fleet#Noun|fleet.
    Synonyms: advance guard, avant-garde
    Antonyms: rearguard
    • 1622, Francis, Lord Verulam, Viscount St. Alban [i.e. Francis Bacon], The Historie of the Raigne of King Henry the Seventh, […], London: Printed by W[illiam] Stansby for Matthew Lownes, and William Barret, OCLC 1086746628 ↗, page 35 ↗:
      They ſay, that the King diuided his Armie into three Battailes; whereof the Vant-guard onely well ſtrengthened with wings, came to fight.
  2. (by extension) The person(s) at the forefront of any group or movement.
    Synonyms: avant-garde
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