Part of speech: noun

The advance guard of an army; the van.

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Usage examples "vanguard":

  1. Meanwhile the vanguard had been sent forward to inform Moses of the condition of the tribes, and after the review was over, Ephraim followed them. - "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
  2. And, as they camped, they saw in the distance the rapid advance of the dreaded force of chariots, probably the vanguard of an army. - "Expositions of Holy Scripture Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers", Alexander Maclaren.
  3. Hujaku was very desirous of following up his victory by pursuing and attacking the Mongul vanguard the next day. - "Genghis Khan, Makers of History Series", Jacob Abbott.