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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vanguard, vannoun

    the leading units moving at the head of an army

  2. avant-garde, vanguard, van, new wavenoun

    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 edgenoun

    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. vanguardnoun

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

  2. vanguardnoun

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


  1. Vanguard

    The vanguard (also called the advance guard) is the leading part of an advancing military formation. It has a number of functions, including seeking out the enemy and securing ground in advance of the main force.


  1. vanguard

    Vanguard refers to a group of people who are at the forefront of new ideas, innovations or trends in their respective fields, leading the way and pioneering change. Additionally, in a military context, vanguard refers to the initial advance units or troops at the head of an army.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vanguardnoun

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

  2. Etymology: [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.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. vanguard

    That part of the army which marches in front.

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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

Examples of Vanguard in a Sentence

  1. Todd Rosenbluth:

    Based on the names and country profiles, it should seem they are offering you the same exposure, but they track different indices, their country exposure is going to be different, and that exposure difference helps explain why they perform differently. So far, the discrepancy has helped The Vanguard fund, Todd Rosenbluth said, although both funds have taken a hit since the end of June, when the Shanghai Composite Index started falling. Since then, The Vanguard fund has lost 11.65 percent, while the iShares fund has fallen 12.45 percent. Year to date, The Vanguard fund is down 6.97 percent, and the iShares fund is down 8.89 percent. Chinese shares have been falling on fears that the nation's economy may slow well beyond the 7 percent growth rate that analysts had earlier suggested would be a bottom for that market. China has moved to weaken its currency to bolster its economy and share prices. The difference between the two funds is expected to widen because the two different indexes they follow will be treating Chinese stocks differently. FTSE, the Financial Times Stock Exchange, plans to begin adding onshore Chinese equities, known as A-shares, to its broad emerging markets indexes, which Vanguard follows. The Vanguard benchmark, the FTSE Emerging Index, now has approximately 26 percent exposure to China, according to the mutual fund company. In June, Vanguard said it would begin shifting to a new FTSE index later this year. The new index will have a 29 percent exposure to China, including a 5.6 percent exposure to A-shares. MSCI Inc, however, said in June that it was not ready to include the A-shares in its two emerging market indexes.

  2. Clive Standen:

    When I found out I was going to be the guy who leads from the vanguard.

  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. Chris Heffron:

    She's like our vanguard for all things film.

  5. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

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

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