What does avant-garde mean?

avant-garde meaning in Etymology Dictionary

(additionally avant-garde, avantgarde); French, actually "advance shield" (see avant + shield (n.)). Used in English 15c.-18c. in a literal, armed forces sense; lent again 1910 as an artistic term for "pioneers or innovators of a certain duration." Also utilized across the same time in communist and anarchist journals. As an adjective, by 1925. The avant-garde g

avant-garde meaning in General Dictionary

radically brand-new or original

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  • any creative team mixed up in innovation and application of new ideas and techniques in certain industry (especially into the arts)