The leading units moving at the head of an army [syn: vanguard, van]
Any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts) [syn: avant-garde, vanguard, van, new wave]
The position of greatest importance or advancement; the leading position in any movement or field; "the Cotswolds were once at the forefront of woollen manufacturing in England"; "the idea of motion was always to the forefront of his mind and central to his philosophy" [syn: vanguard, forefront, cutting edge]
Vanguard \Van"guard`\, n. [For vantguard, avantguard, F.
avant-garde; avant before, fore + garde guard. See Avant,
Ab-,Ante-, and Guard, and cf. Advance, Vamp, Van
of an army, Vaward.] (Mil.)
The troops who march in front of an army; the advance guard;