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a·vant-garde

 (ä′vänt-gärd′, ăv′änt-)
n.
A group that creates or promotes innovative ideas or 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.

[French, from Old French, vanguard; see vanguard.]

a′vant-gard′ism n.
a′vant-gard′ist n.
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avant-garde

(ˌævɒŋˈɡɑːd; French avɑ̃ɡard)
n
those artists, writers, musicians, etc, whose techniques and ideas are markedly experimental or in advance of those generally accepted
adj
1. of such artists, etc, their ideas, or techniques
2. radical; daring
[from French: vanguard]
ˌavant-ˈgardism n
ˌavant-ˈgardist n
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a•vant-garde

(əˌvɑntˈgɑrd, əˌvænt-, ˌæv ɑnt-, ˌɑ vɑnt-; Fr. a vɑ̃ˈgard)

n.
1. the advance group in a field, esp. in the arts, whose works are unorthodox and experimental.
adj.
2. characteristic of or belonging to the avant-garde.
[1910–15; < French: literally, fore-guard. See vanguard]
a•vant`-gard′ism, n.
a•vant`-gard′ist, n.
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avant-garde

A French phrase meaning a vanguard, used to describe artists or ideas that are ahead of their time.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.avant-garde - 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
Adj.1.avant-garde - radically new or original; "an avant-garde theater piece"
original - being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of; "a truly original approach"; "with original music"; "an original mind"
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avant-garde

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Translations

avant-garde

[ˈævɑːŋˈgɑːd]
A. ADJvanguardista, de vanguardia
B. Nvanguardia f
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avant-garde

[ˌævɒŋˈgɑːrd] adjd'avant-garde
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avant-garde

nAvantgarde f
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avant-garde

[ˈævɒŋˈgɑːd]
1. navanguardia
2. adjd'avanguardia
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Born into an aristocratic land-owning family, she became a high-profile figure of avantgarde art. As a woman, she also caused outrage by producing challenging religious works and experimental nudes: in 1910 her painting The Deity of Fertility was confiscated by police and she was charged with violating a law that prohibited 'corrupting' imagery.
When Peng first fell in love with the heritage buildings in 2011, Chippendale was a run-down inner-city neighborhood that Sydneysiders preferred to pass through quickly, if at all; by the time the hotel opened this fall, the area was teeming with avantgarde art galleries and a clutch of top restaurants.
Across the city, grand neo-classical statues and delicate sculptures mix comfortably with colourful design and unexpected dollops of avantgarde art. The centrepiece is Place Massena where the constantlychanging colours of the large figures seated atop 60' tall plinths overlooking the huge square are continually fascinating, invariably prompting the question, why?