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Definition of the avant-garde noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


    the avant-garde

    NAmE//ˌɑvɑnt ˈɡɑrd//
    , NAmE//ˌæ‑//
    [singular] (from French)
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  1. 1new and very modern ideas in art, music, or literature that are sometimes surprising or shocking
  2. 2a group of artists, etc. who introduce new and very modern ideas
avant-garde adjective
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See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: the avant-garde