avant-courier

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Etymology[edit]

From French avant-coureur, with alteration of second element after courier.

Noun[edit]

avant-courier (plural avant-couriers)

  1. A person dispatched before another person or company, to give notice of his or their approach; a scout or herald.
    • 1808–10, William Hickey, Memoirs of a Georgian Rake, Folio Society 1995, p. 145:
      Mr Farrer reached Calcutta some time before them, announcing himself as the avant-courier of His Majesty's new court, in which he was to be the leading advocate.

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