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Avant-Garde

[ah-vant-GARD]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: French, early 20th century

1.

Favoring or introducing experimental or unusual ideas.

Examples of Avant-Garde in a sentence

"The student art show promised many avant-garde pieces."

"The design was a little too avant-garde for me."

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About Avant-Garde

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

Did you Know?

Avant-garde, while commonly used to refer to the arts, can also describe cultural change. Ideas of progress and social change can be avant-garde in one decade, and accepted as the norm in another.

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