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avant-garde

noun [U]  /ˌɑvˌɑntˈɡɑrd, ˌævˌɔ̃ˈɡɑrd/ us  
the artists, writers, and musicians whose ideas, styles, and methods are highly original or modern in the period in which they live
avant-garde
adjective  /ˌɑvˌɑntˈɡɑrd, ˌævˌɔ̃ˈɡɑrd/ us  
avant-garde art
Translations of “avant-garde”
in Spanish Vanguardista…
in Chinese (Traditional) 前衛的, 先鋒派的…
in Russian авангардистский…
in Turkish yeni ve alışık olunmayan tarz, avangard, öncü…
in Chinese (Simplified) 前卫的, 先锋派的…
in Polish awangardowy…
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