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Definition the leading position in any movement or field

More rarely, vanguard is used in a military context to specifically refer to units moving at the head of an army.
  • Our company is at the vanguard of the green movement.
  • They dashed against the rows of stakes, covering them with slick blood and limp corpses as the ranks at the vanguard were crushed against the posts.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Ere long the vanguard swirled round the spur's end and came rushing into Dale.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • I can make out the gray and balding head of my younger son in the vanguard.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • A vanguard of six-armed Earthborn threw a volley of stones that shattered the bone-and-jewel floor like ice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • The French contingent poured out of them only to find that again the Americans had beaten them and formed the vanguard of the parade.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • The vanguard spread out behind them, a slow-moving forest of lances and banners and spears.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • The first of these traded blows with the leaders of our vanguard, and two men fell.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • They were the elite, the vanguard of progress.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • For almost 200 years they constituted the vanguard of the Fon against European colonizers.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • Those in greatest jeopardy, the troops in Mifflin's vanguard, were still holding the outer defenses.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • In a moment the vanguard appeared around the bend.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • It was of this detachment, sent as a vanguard, that our friend d'Artagnan formed a part.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • He himself had mentioned John Kwang as a part of that vanguard, though his implication was then cast only in terms of succession.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Writers, artists, and savants of America's progressive vanguard have, for years, passed through his living room, pollinating him and his two brothers.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • They are in the vanguard of the fight for Peace and Progress.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Harlon, Doc, Ira, and Franklin swept forward with the rest of Easy Company, in the vanguard of the attack.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The ladies, with Frau Stohr in the vanguard—though Mmes.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • In the last red glow men in the vanguard saw a black speck, a horseman riding back towards them.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • And about Whiz Go's vanguard status.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld

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