from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A group active in the invention and application of new techniques in a given field, especially in the arts.
- adj. Of, relating to, or being part of an innovative group, especially one in the arts: avant-garde painters; an avant-garde theater piece.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The vanguard of an army or other force.
- n. Any group of people who invent or promote new techniques or concepts, especially in the arts.
- adj. Innovative, pioneering, especially when extremely or obviously so.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The most advanced group of people in any field of endeavor, especially in literary and artistic work, usually characterized by new ideas and experimental techniques.
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or belonging to the avant-garde.
- adj. Characterized by the use of experimental techniques; modern; daring; radical.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Advance-guard.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts)
- adj. radically new or original
French, from Old French, vanguard; see vanguard.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French avant-garde ("vanguard") (Wiktionary)