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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: French, early 20th century


Favoring or introducing experimental or unusual ideas.

Examples of Avant-Garde in a sentence

"The student art show was sure to include many avant-garde pieces."

"The fashion show was a little too avant-garde for my tastes."

About Avant-Garde

Avant-garde is used as an adjective to describe something unusual or experimental. It can also be used as a noun to refer to certain out-there ideas, or the people introducing them. You might meet the avant-garde at an avant-garde art gallery.

Did you Know?

The adjective "avant-garde" — commonly used to refer to the arts — can also describe cultural change. Social change and shifting values can be considered avant-garde in one decade, then accepted as the norm in the next.

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