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avant-garde

a·vant-garde

avant-garde

pronunciation:
a vant gard [or] vant gard
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
part of speech: noun
definition: a group that actively experiments with and applies new and unconventional techniques, esp. in the arts; vanguard.
As she'd always been talented and unconventional, it was no surprise to her old friends that she was now one of the avant-garde in the art world.
synonyms:
vanguard
antonyms:
old guard
similar words:
counterculture, forefront
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or associated with an avant-garde.
The next exhibit will feature the works of avant-garde painters.It's a nightclub with an avant-garde clientele.
definition 2: of or relating to artistic experimentation and invention.
I'm not a fan of avant-garde literature; I prefer the classics.Some of the women delighted in the avant-garde fashions of the day, while others were appalled by them.
synonyms:
experimental, innovative
antonyms:
classic, conservative, conventional, orthodox, stodgy, traditional
similar words:
creative, modern, novel, original, pioneering, unconventional, unorthodox
derivations: avant-gardism (n.), avant-gardist (n.)