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vanguard

van·guard

vanguard

 
pronunciation:
vaen gard
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the leading or foremost position or part of a movement or force; forefront.
The painters Monet and Renoir were in the vanguard of the Impressionist movement in nineteenth century art.Our regiment was in the vanguard and consequently suffered many casualties.
antonyms:
rear
similar words:
avant-garde
definition 2: (cap.) a three-stage rocket used in the United States for launching satellites.