What does vanguard mean?

Definitions for vanguardˈvænˌgɑrd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word vanguard.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vanguard, van(noun)

    the leading units moving at the head of an army

  2. avant-garde, vanguard, van, new wave(noun)

    any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts)

  3. vanguard, forefront, cutting edge(noun)

    the position of greatest importance or advancement; the leading position in any movement or field

    "the Cotswolds were once at the forefront of woollen manufacturing in England"; "the idea of motion was always to the forefront of his mind and central to his philosophy"


  1. vanguard(Noun)

    The leading units at the front of an army or fleet.

  2. vanguard(Noun)

    (by extension) The persons at the forefront of any group or movement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vanguard(noun)

    the troops who march in front of an army; the advance guard; the van

  2. Origin: [For vantguard, avantguard, F. avant-garde; avant before, fore + garde guard. See Avant, Ab-,Ante-, and Guard, and cf. Advance, Vamp, Van of an army, Vaward.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vanguard

    van′gärd, n. the guard in the van of an army: the part of an army preceding the main body: the front line. [Formerly vantgard—Fr. avant-gardeavant, before, garde, guard.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vanguard in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vanguard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Life is nothing but changes. Don't resist changes, but be the vanguard of it.

  2. Dan Wiener:

    Vanguard is a passive player pretending to take an active role. But their weapon is a gun loaded with blanks.

  3. Rod Doss:

    In many instances we've been in the vanguard of creating change, because we do challenge the community from within, that's where it begins.

  4. Rod Doss:

    What the Courier is doing is letting everyone know what the plight of African-Americans is. in many instances we've been in the vanguard of creating change, because we do challenge the community from within.

  5. Noam Chomsky:

    The consistent anarchist should be a socialist, but a socialist of a particular sort. He will not only oppose alienated and specialized labor and look forward to the appropriation of capital by the whole body of workers, but he will also insist that this appropriation be direct, not exercised by some elite force acting in the name of the proletariat. Some sort of council communism is the natural form of revolutionary socialism in an industrial society. It reflects the intuitive understanding that democracy is largely a sham when the industrial system is controlled by any form of autocratic elite, whether of owners, managers, and technocrats, a vanguard party, or a State bureaucracy.

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