the advance group in any field, especially in the visual, literary, or musical arts, whose works are characterized chiefly by unorthodox and experimental methods.
of or relating to the experimental treatment of artistic, musical, or literary material.
belonging to the avant-garde:
an avant-garde composer.
unorthodox or daring; radical.
those artists, writers, musicians, etc, whose techniques and ideas are markedly experimental or in advance of those generally accepted
of such artists, etc, their ideas, or techniques
(also avant garde, avantgarde); French, literally “advance guard” (see avant + guard (n.)). Used in English 15c.-18c. in a literal, military sense; borrowed again 1910 as an artistic term for “pioneers or innovators of a particular period.” Also used around the same time in communist and anarchist publications. As an adjective, by 1925.
The avant-garde générale, avant-garde stratégique, or avant-garde d’armée is a strong force (one, two, or three army corps) pushed out a day’s march to the front, immediately behind the cavalry screen. Its mission is, vigorously to engage the enemy wherever he is found, and, by binding him, to ensure liberty of action in time and space for the main army. [“Sadowa,” Gen. Henri Bonnal, transl. C.F. Atkinson, 1907]
Kingdom of, an ancient Aryan kingdom of W central India, with its capital near modern Ujjain; flourished in the 6th–4th centuries b.c. Historical Examples South of Kosala lay the kingdom of the Vamsas, and south of that again the kingdom of Avanti. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 4 Various That Socialist group which […]
noun short for avant-gardist See avant-gardist
a member of a people, probably originating in Asia, who settled in Dacia a.d. c555, later occupied Pannonia, and invaded other parts of central and eastern Europe before their decline in the 9th century. Historical Examples The Avar Chief was dry in his manner to strangers; and who can wonder at it? Dariel R. D. […]
insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth. Contemporary Examples I am writing it,” she tells us, “and I spill it all out on my lap like very money, like riches, beyond the dreams of avarice. Must Reads Allen Barra, Lucy Scholes, Kevin Canfield, Jane Ciabattari October 2, 2011 It was […]