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VANGUARD

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vanguard mean? 

VANGUARD (noun)
  The noun VANGUARD has 3 senses:

1. the leading units moving at the head of an army
2. any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts)
3. the position of greatest importance or advancement; the leading position in any movement or field

  Familiarity information: VANGUARD used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


VANGUARD (noun)


Sense 1vanguard [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The leading units moving at the head of an army

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

vanguard; van

Hypernyms ("vanguard" is a kind of...):

army unit (a military unit that is part of an army)


Sense 2vanguard [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

avant-garde; van; new wave; vanguard

Hypernyms ("vanguard" is a kind of...):

art movement; artistic movement (a group of artists who agree on general principles)


Sense 3vanguard [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The position of greatest importance or advancement; the leading position in any movement or field

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

cutting edge; forefront; vanguard

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("vanguard" is a kind of...):

perspective; position; view (a way of regarding situations or topics etc.)


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