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English definition of “avant-garde”

avant-garde

adjective     /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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