Adjective "vanguard" definition and examples

(Vanguard may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas.
  1. 'I'm nostalgic for the vanguard feminism of the past!'
  2. 'College graduates are the vanguard of a cultural shift away from divorce.'
  3. 'In Thailand, young women who sell beauty products are perceived as a vanguard of modernity whose independent income repositions them in relation to family and kin.'
  4. 'In this view, the British and the Danes were the main problem, though there have also been fears that Central and East Europeans may impede the Union's development unless a vanguard can proceed without them.'
  5. 'The political groups aspiring to power today emerged in the late 1980s and formed a vanguard of the independence movement.'
  6. 'Student activists abandoned conservative blue collar politics and proclaimed themselves the vanguard of social change.'
  7. 'For over a decade now, bhangra music has been the vanguard for Asian culture's crossover into the mainstream.'
  8. 'Alpine is a small but rapidly growing town in the foothills near the edge of the Cleveland National Forest, a vanguard settlement of one of San Diego's many suburban tendrils.'
  9. 'It must regain its original role as the vanguard of the working class in its struggle for true emancipation.'
  10. 'It does not require conspiracy-theorist paranoia to wonder if this is in fact a vanguard action to assess how a ban might work in England and Wales.'
  11. 'the prototype was in the vanguard of technical development'
  12. 'They sounds like a band having fun again, no longer feeling the pressure of being at the vanguard of popular rock.'
  13. 'It is no wonder that islands, stationed on the front lines of both the rising tides of climate change and a vulnerability to high oil prices, are in the vanguard of the hydrogen push.'
  14. 'They are at the vanguard of the technical revolution, cramming their homes with more and more of the latest gadgets.'
  15. 'It shows that we are moving in the right direction and we are at the vanguard nationally of integrating our children's and family services with education.'
  16. 'We want Australians to be in the vanguard of the worldwide knowledge revolution.'
  17. 'The medical profession has been in the vanguard of the struggle against smoking for 50 years.'
  18. 'He pointed out that track cycling was in the vanguard of Scottish international sport.'
  19. 'Since then, the company has stayed in the vanguard of the market by consistently promoting technology standardization and adopting state-of-the-art technologies ahead of others.'
  20. 'The plan coincides with a nationwide scheme by English Heritage called ‘Save Our Streets’, and when York's plans are adopted it will put the city in the vanguard of that campaign.'
  21. 'What the company needs is a new vision of itself - one that motivates employees, excites investors, and places it once again in the vanguard of an industry on the march.'
  22. 'Nelson's tactics slicing the enemy line ensured the vanguard played a negligible role in the battle which followed.'
  23. 'Two hundred and four warriors formed the vanguard of the army.'

More definitions

1. the foremost division or the front part of an army; advance guard; van.

2. the forefront in any movement, field, activity, or the like.

3. the leaders of any intellectual or political movement.

4. (initial capital letter) Rocketry. a U.S. three-stage, satellite-launching rocket, the first two stages powered by liquid-propellant engines and the third by a solid-propellant engine.

More examples(as adjective)

"roles can be vanguard."

"positions can be vanguard."

"parties can be vanguard."

"soldiers can be vanguard."

"moves can be vanguard."

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Late Middle English (denoting the foremost part of an army): shortening of Old French avan(t)garde, from avant ‘before’ + garde ‘guard’.