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Noun: vanguard  'van,gaa(r)d
  1. The leading units moving at the head of an army
    - van
     
  2. Any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts)
    - avant-garde, van, new wave
     
  3. The position of greatest importance or advancement; the leading position in any movement or field
    "the Cotswolds were once at the vanguard of woollen manufacturing in England";
    - forefront, cutting edge

Derived forms: vanguards

Type of: army unit, art movement, artistic movement, perspective, position, view

Encyclopedia: Vanguard, SK