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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Avant-guard  \A*vant"-guard`\  (?;  [root]277),  n.  [F.  avant  before 
  +  E.  guard,  F.  avant-garde.  See  {Avaunt}.] 
  The  van  or  advanced  body  of  an  army.  See  {Vanguard}.