Avant

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Avant The front of an army. Obs See Van.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: George Anthiel composed film scores, but earlier in his life he had been an avant garde composer. In 1924 his "Ballet mecanique" was performed at Carnegie Hall. The work was scored for a fire siren, automobile horns, and an airplane propeller. After only a few minutes of this racket, an aging gentleman in the orchestra seats tied his handkerchief to his cane and began waving a white flag.
    • n avant The front of an army; the van.
    • n avant A prefix of French origin, meaning before, fore. Also shortened to vant-, van-.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Avant av′ang prefix used as in combination, as in Av′ant-cour′ier, one who runs before, in pl. the skirmishers or advance-guard of an army; Av′ant-garde, the vanguard of an army.
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Quotations

  • Terry Eagleton
    Terry Eagleton
    “Postmodernism is among other things a sick joke at the expense of revolutionary avant-gardism.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For avant-guard,. Cf. Avaunt Van
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.;—L. ante.

Usage

In literature:

Et si pour cela les aultres ne cessoient de poursuivre leur entreprinse de mettre en avant leur faulce religion.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
Weber Hastings acted as guide, or rather avant-courier, since all knew the route that was to be followed.
"The Phantom of the River" by Edward S. Ellis
There were many trunks, avant couriers of the passengers.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
EASTER ON LES AVANTS.
"Faces and Places" by Henry William Lucy
Il reste a Gore-house, ou, avant-hier, il y avait un grand diner a tout le monde.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
A precursor, an avant-courier.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Easter Avant, dat was my mammy en my father name Hector Smith.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Winwood too writes to Tremouille: 'le jour avant son trespas elle declara pour son successeur le roy d'Escosse.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
When the avant-couriers had ridden off, Philip turned to Lucy.
"Penshurst Castle" by Emma Marshall
It sounds like Nietzsche avant la lettre.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
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In poetry:

So--on, with quickened breaths, I follow still--
My avant-courier must be obeyed!
Thus am I led, and thus the path, at will,
Invites me to invade
"A Country Pathway" by James Whitcomb Riley
Ma. Avant you hagge, abhominable sorceresse,
Here I doe thee on paine of death enjoyne,
With that Impostor thy companion,
Immediately to depart out of my Dominions.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act V" by Ralph Knevet

In news:

In an effort to attract younger people, an annual music festival in Mozart's town of Salzburg now also features avant-garde theater productions, very different from the classical performances it is known for.
Avant-garde hip-hopper, 15, wows New York MoMA PS1 crowd.
Avant-garde rapper Glass Popcorn performs at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York, Aug 31, 2011.
Guests wear berets, eat crepes and celebrate French Impressionism at the Avant-Garde Party at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
Avant-Garde Composer Milton Babbitt .
Baltimore dream-rockers Beach House have racked up some serious indie cred over the last few years, their hazy avant-pop tunes landing them steady slots at top music festivals like SXSW, Austin City Limits and Pitchfork.
Standard- Bearer of the Avant-Garde.
Couldn't she just call it an avant-garde fashion statement.
Avant-garde novelist Mark Z Danielewski is changing the way we read e-books.
Models from Heyman Talent graced the Best Dressed runway in an exciting fashion show that opened with avant-garde, all-white looks from the participating boutiques.
A distinguished critic of avant-garde cinema (and a longtime Reader contributor), Fred Camper has also made a handful of experimental films that are being screened by White Light Cinema in two installments (the second follows April 16).
Avant-garde, garbage, and a Philly frenzy.
CANNES — At the 65th running of the annual Cannes Film Festival, offerings ranged from avant-garde to avant-garbage.
In the 100th birthday year of the American avant-garde composer John Cage, many cultural institutions are celebrating his deeply influential life's work.
The Warp Record label's glitch-tronica and the avant brow-furrowing sounds of contemporary musical heavyweights lock horns in a symphonic smack-down for this New Sounds.
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In science:

Herbig, G. H. 1970b, Evolution Stellaire Avant la Sequence Principale (Mem.
Bringing VY Canis Majoris Down to Size: An Improved Determination of Its Effective Tempeature
On the other hand, two-dimensional conservative maps provide us an avant premiere of Hamiltonian systems.
Nonextensive statistical mechanics: A brief review of its present status
Nevertheless, their approach to translation shifts, even though avant la lettre, continues to be highly in fluential.
Building a resource for studying translation shifts
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