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  1. avantnoun

    The front of an army; the vanguard.

  2. Etymology: Abbreviated from avant-guard.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

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  1. AVANT

    AVANT, also known as AVANT street art guerrilla collective, was the artist group active in New York City from 1980 to 1984. By 1984 AVANT had produced thousands of acrylic on paper paintings and plastered them on walls, doors, bus-stops and galleries citywide. Principal artists were Christopher Hart Chambers, David Fried, and Marc Thorne. AVANT was a group of five young New York artists working collectively who wheat pasted handmade original poster sized works of non-calligraphic art in the streets of NYC. While the members of Avant assert that they began in the winter of 1980, the earliest available press documentation of their street art or art exhibitions is found in the New York Native from June 1982, wherein a later article published in the Villager places their origins at January 1981. By 1984 avant had produced thousands of acrylic on paper paintings and plastered them on walls, doors, bus-stops, galleries and museums citywide, concentrated mostly in lower Manhattan. As a group, they were capable of producing hundreds of individual paintings per week, and deployed them in the streets on a regular basis. They also mounted three-dimensional artworks to street sign poles and commandeered bus stop advertising light boxes, replacing the contents with their own original works of art, then relocking the cabinets. Over 40 exhibitions of AVANT's work were held in New York galleries and nightclubs between 1981 and 1984. Over a typical artist-gallery financial dispute, they actually managed to commandeer a gallery in Soho to open the 1982 September season with a self curated exhibition. Another fresh concept was to start an exhibition in the street that would continue into a gallery. They called this the “Drive-In Show,” which started with a dozen numbered oversized paintings pasted high up on a parking lot wall in Soho, and continued up the block in Gabrielle Bryers Gallery starting with painting number 13.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Avantnoun

    the front of an army. [Obs.] See Van

  2. Etymology: [For avant-guard. Cf. Avaunt, Van.]


  1. Avant

    Myron Avant, better known as Avant is an American R&B singer-songwriter. He is best known for hits such as "Separated", "My First Love," which one version features KeKe Wyatt, and "Read Your Mind". He was featured in the remix to the Lloyd Banks song "Karma" from the 2004 album The Hunger for More, and has had a cameo appearance in the 2004 feature film BarberShop 2: Back in Business. His self-titled fifth album, Avant, was released on December 9, 2008. Avant is now signed to Verve Forecast and released his sixth studio album The Letter on December 21, 2010, featuring production from the likes of The Pentagon; Mike City; Marshall Leathers; and Kajun. Avant cites R. Kelly as his biggest influence and inspiration.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Avant

    av′ang, prefix used as adj. in combination, as in Av′ant-cour′ier, one who runs before, in pl. the skirmishers or advance-guard of an army; Av′ant-garde, the vanguard of an army. [Fr.;—L. ante.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. avant

    (Fr.). Foremost, most advanced towards the enemy; as, Avant-chemin couvert, the advanced covered way which is made at the foot of the glacis to oppose the approaches of an enemy. Avant-duc, the pile-work which is formed by a number of young trees on the edge or entrance of a river. They are driven into the ground with battering-rams or strong pieces of iron, to form a level floor by means of strong planks being nailed upon it, which serve for the foundation of a bridge. Boats are placed wherever the avant-duc terminates. The avant-duc is had recourse to when the river is so broad that there are not boats sufficient to make a bridge across. Avant-ducs are made on each side of the river. Avant-fosse, the ditch of the counterscarp next to the country. It is dug at the foot of the glacis. Avant-garde, advance-guard. Avant-trains, the limbers of field-pieces on which are placed boxes containing ammunition enough for immediate service.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. AVANT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Avant is ranked #6277 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Avant surname appeared 5,443 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Avant.

    52.2% or 2,844 total occurrences were White.
    41.3% or 2,251 total occurrences were Black.
    3.1% or 173 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 112 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 42 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.3% or 21 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of avant in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of avant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of avant in a Sentence

  1. Charles de LEUSSE:

    We knit alone our life, before seeing by it our shroud. (Nous tricotons notre vie seule, Avant d'y voir notre linceul)

  2. Daniel Bakewell:

    I cannot express how overwhelmingly pained I am at the loss of such a beautiful person as Jackie Avant. For her to be killed in such a senseless way is unfathomable, there are no 2 more kind and generous people than Clarence and Jackie and for their home and their lives to be violated in such a violent manner is unconscionable.

  3. Charles de LEUSSE:

    It was nice to kill time. But the time buries us before... (On a beau tuer le temps, - Il nous enterre avant)

  4. Paul Pairet:

    I chose Shanghai because there was already the ingredients. Obviously, the power of Shanghai, the energy of Shanghai... to free up Western cuisine based on curiosity, all these ingredients are very important, especially for the avant-garde.

  5. Jason Carey:

    We have Asian collectors, we have new buyers, we have collectors of contemporary art who are looking back to the avant-garde as well like artists such as Leger, there's really competing forces.

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