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Vanguard

[VAN-gard]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Old French, 15th century

1.

A group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas; a position at the forefront of new developments or ideas.

2.

The foremost part of an advancing army or naval force.

Examples of Vanguard in a sentence

"Tom Brady is part of a vanguard of older athletes still delivering peak performance well past average retirement age."

"As an early investor in Bitcoin, Carl was part of the vanguard of the cryptocurrency revolution."

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About Vanguard

“Vanguard” appeared in the 15th century as a collapsed version of the Old French term “avant-garde” (“forward-guard”), referring to the foremost part of an advancing army. Its definition was chiefly military at first, but by the 19th century, “vanguard” had come into wide use as a metaphor for any group leading the way into new territory.

Did you Know?

Like “vanguard,” the root word, “avant-garde,” also derives from a military expression. However, while “vanguard” has stayed true to its description of people leading a new idea forward, the related term “avant-garde” has been applied metaphorically almost exclusively to the world of art and culture. It’s not just forward thinking; instead, avant-garde art moves in unusual or experimental directions.

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