vanguard

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Earlier forms vandgard and (a)vantgard, derived from Old French, avan(t)garde from avant (before) + garde (guard).

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vanguard (plural vanguards)

  1. The leading units at the front of an army or fleet.
  2. (by extension) The person(s) at the forefront of any group or movement.

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