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Definition any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field — especially in the arts

or as an adjective:  radically new or original
  • It is an avant-garde theater piece.
  • Nor do I know whether accepting the lesson has placed me in the rear or in the avant-garde.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • They are often the first multinationals to arrive when a country has opened its markets, serving as the avant-garde of American franchising.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Beside her were the books that had marked her as an avant-garde undergraduate: Sartre, Colette, Proust, Flaubert.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Avant-garde cello collective, eh.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • For years, B. B. Smithers had been considered the queen of avant-garde jewelry.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • It helped that his hairstyle was a tad avant-garde, or "messy," as Kara put it.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • At first Hiro thinks it must be some kind of avant-garde helmet.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The eye slits beneath the low brow stared across the plaza; the sculpture gave this part of town an avant-garde sensibility.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Do you know anything about the avant-garde theatre there's so much talk about?
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • It's the only avant-garde we've got.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • AVANT-GARDE AND KITSCH by Clement Greenberg.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • Quite avant-garde.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • It read as follows : The position which the rebels occupy in our front may be turned by a gorge about six miles from us, through a country in which cavalry may make the avant garde.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • The other side of the room is as neat as Cedric'sa few books stacked in one corner of a spotless desk next to a botde of hand cream, a few avant-garde posters, several pairs of stylish shoes and boots per-fecdy aligned on the closet floor.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Carol Fernandez went on at length about my mom, "the raven-haired avant-garde painter Helen Thermopolis," and about my dad, "the handsome Prince Phillipe of Genovia," who'd "successfully battled his way back from a bout of testicular cancer."
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • Their avant-gardism merely constitutes another kind of conventionality for him, a way of being "chic" or "in," whereas his heroic ideal goes its solitary way even though it outrage friend as well as foe and confound lover as well as stranger.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • She was still wearing Web fashions then, involved in Post-Destructionist music theories, reading Obit and Nihil and the most avant-garde magazines from Renaissance Vector and TC2, feigning sophisticated weariness with life and a rebel's vocabulary-and none of this jelled with the undersized but earnest history major who spilled fruit cocktail on her at Dean Moore's honors party.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The example of music, which has long been an abstract art, and which avant-garde poetry has tried so much to emulate, is interesting.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • It is for this reason that the avant-garde is outlawed, and not so much because a superior culture is inherently a more critical culture.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch

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