avant-courier

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n avant-courier A person dispatched before another person or company, to give notice of his or their approach.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n avant-courier One despatched in advance to give notice of the approach of another or others.
    • n avant-courier plural The scouts, skirmishers, or advance-guard of an army.
    • avant-courier To announce as by herald; herald.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. avant, before + courrier,. See Avaunt, and Courier

Usage

In literature:

The moon was at times obscured by flying clouds, the avant-couriers of the regular evening shower.
"On the Frontier" by Bret Harte
Lies and mischief were his avant-couriers wherever he travelled.
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
These, however, were but the avant-couriers of the immortal Rip.
"Marse Henry, Complete" by Henry Watterson
The first sharp frosts, the avant couriers of approaching winter, had fallen, and the whole wilderness was in blossom.
"The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII) Margaret Smith's Journal in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, 1678-9; Tales and Sketches; My Summer with Dr. Singletary: A Fragment; and Others" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The first sharp frosts, the avant couriers of approaching winter, had fallen, and the whole wilderness was in blossom.
"The Complete Works of Whittier The Standard Library Edition with a linked Index" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Avant-couriers sent forwards to Unyanyembe.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume II (of 2), 1869-1873" by David Livingstone
In like manner the attempt to naturalize 'avant-courier' in the shape of 'vancurrier' has failed.
"English Past and Present" by Richard Chevenix Trench
Jerrard was the avant-courier of this novel railroad.
"The Rainy Day Railroad War" by Holman Day
Look," said he, "at these large drops of rain, which are the avant-couriers of a violent storm.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 2, January, 1851" by Various
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
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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