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avant-garde

adjective uk   /ˌæv.ɑ̃ːˈɡɑːd/ us    /-ˈɡɑːrd/
describes ideas, styles, and methods that are very original or modern in comparison to the period in which they happen: avant-garde art/cinema/painting It was one of the first avant-garde works to appeal to a wide audience.Modern and fashionableFashionModern and fashionableNewModern and fashionable
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