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English definition of “the avant-garde”

the avant-garde

noun [S, + sing/pl verb] uk   /ˌæv.ɑ̃ːˈɡɑːd/ us    /-ˈɡɑːrd/
(the work of) the painters, writers, musicians, and other artists whose ideas, styles, and methods are very original or modern in comparison to the period in which they live: New York is the international capital of the musical avant-garde.
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