V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, adjective

Definition: (n.) a group, especially of artists, with new, creative, or unconventional ideas or practices; (adj.) experimental, creative, or innovative, especially in the arts

Synonyms: (n.) vanguard, (adj.) innovative, original, experimental, radical, unconventional, modern

Antonyms: traditional

Tips: Avant-garde is a French word, commonly used by English speakers, usually with respect to arts and culture. It corresponds with the English word vanguard, which was originally a military term to refer to those in the leading position of movement on the field. It was then used metaphorically to refer to any innovators or leaders in a particular field.

Usage Examples:

Her avant-garde artwork shocked the more traditional visitors to the gallery. (radical, unconventional) adjective

The literary avant-garde has been seeking new venues for their innovative poetry. (vanguard) noun

I made reservations at the avant-garde restaurant, where it's more about the décor and artistry of the food preparation than taste. (innovative, experimental) adjective

My friend's husband likes avant-garde architecture, while she prefers a more traditional style of building. (modern, unconventional) adjective

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