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vaward

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From an aphetism of Anglo-Norman avantwarde, a variant of Old French avant-guarde.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

vaward (plural vawards)

  1. The vanguard.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book II:
      Thenne Nero had the vaward with the moost party of his peple [...].
    • 1988, Anthony Burgess, Any Old Iron:
      Then they were marched off to the railway station with the band in the vaward playing ‘Have you ever caught your ballocks in a rat trap?’