vanguard


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van·guard

 (văn′gärd)
n.
1. The foremost position in an army or fleet advancing into battle.
2.
a. The foremost or leading position in a trend or movement.
b. Those occupying a foremost position.

[Middle English vandgard, from avaunt garde, from Old French : avaunt, before (from Latin abante; see advance) + garde, guard (from garder, to guard; see guard).]

van′guard·ism n.
van′guard·ist n.

vanguard

(ˈvænˌɡɑːd)
n
1. (Military) the leading division or units of a military force
2. the leading position in any movement or field, or the people who occupy such a position: the vanguard of modern literature.
[C15: from Old French avant-garde, from avant- fore- + garde guard]

van•guard

(ˈvænˌgɑrd)

n.
1. the front part of an advancing army.
2. the forefront in any field.
3. the leaders of any intellectual or political movement.
[1480–90; earlier van(d)gard(e) < Middle French avangarde, variant of avant-garde]
van′guard•ism, n.
van′guard•ist, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vanguard - the leading units moving at the head of an armyvanguard - the leading units moving at the head of an army
army unit - a military unit that is part of an army
2.vanguard - any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts)
art movement, artistic movement - a group of artists who agree on general principles
3.vanguard - the position of greatest importance or advancementvanguard - the position of greatest importance or advancement; the leading position in any movement or field; "the Cotswolds were once at the forefront of woollen manufacturing in England"; "the idea of motion was always to the forefront of his mind and central to his philosophy"
perspective, view, position - a way of regarding situations or topics etc.; "consider what follows from the positivist view"

vanguard

noun forefront, front line, cutting edge, leaders, front, van, spearhead, forerunners, front rank, trailblazers, advance guard, trendsetters Students have been in the vanguard of revolutionary change in China.
back, rear, rearguard, tail end
Translations
طَليعَة الجَيْشطَليعَة حَرَكَةٍ ما
předvojprvní linie
fortropledelse
etujoukko
élcsapatelõõrs
forysta, fylkingarbrjóstframvarîarsveit
avangardas
avangards
predvoj
ileri kolliderleröncü

vanguard

[ˈvængɑːd] Nvanguardia f
to be in the vanguardir a la vanguardia, estar en la vanguardia
to be in the vanguard of progressir a or estar en la vanguardia del progreso

vanguard

[ˈvængɑːrd] n
(fig) [thinking, development] → avant-garde m
to be in the vanguard of sth → être à l'avant-garde de qch
(MILITARY)avant-garde f

vanguard

n (Mil, Naut) → Vorhut f; (fig also)Spitze f, → Führung f; in the vanguard of reforman der Spitze der Reformen

vanguard

[ˈvænˌgɑːd] navanguardia
to be in the vanguard of progress → essere all'avanguardia del progresso
to be in the vanguard of a movement → essere le avanguardie fpl di un movimento

vanguard

(ˈvӕngaːd) noun
1. the part of an army going in front of the main body.
2. the leaders in any movement. We're in the vanguard of the movement for reform!
References in classic literature ?
As soon as they come to a place they think convenient to halt at, the officer that commands the vanguard marks out with his pike the place for the King's or viceroy's tent: every one knows his rank, and how much ground he shall take up; so the camp is formed in an instant.
I listened, wondering, As on it crept: at first a gentle sigh, Like as a spirit passing; then it swelled Into the roaring of great waves that smite The broken vanguard of the cliff: the rage Of storm-black tigers in the startled night Among the jackals of the wind and rain.
It was of this detachment, sent as a vanguard, that our friend D'Artagnan formed a part.
Below him a little were the vanguard of the deer; below these, again, the pig and the wild buffalo; and on the opposite bank, where the tall trees came down to the water's edge, was the place set apart for the Eaters of Flesh--the tiger, the wolves, the panther, the bear, and the others.
Mounted troops, their trappings of jewel and metal-incrusted leather glistening in the sunlight, formed the vanguard of the body, and then came a thousand gorgeous chariots drawn by huge zitidars.
The night he received the news, Kutuzov sent Bagration's vanguard, four thousand strong, to the right across the hills from the Krems-Znaim to the Vienna-Znaim road.
First in the vanguard, borne by a dozen young men, went his mat-wrapped parcels of heads.
The roar at the rear increased as the mob came on to the attack, while the vanguard of the police charged the obstructing waggons.
The police captain reinforced from his vanguard, and the mob at the rear was repelled.
Then we shall march thither, for I would fain have you all back at Dax in time to be in the prince's vanguard.
The German vanguard was attacking the French at the outposts.
At the sight there was a general reining up of horses and unslinging of guns, while fresh horsemen came galloping up to reinforce the vanguard.