See also: Avant, avànt, avânt, and avant-

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Etymology

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Abbreviated from avant-garde.

Noun

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avant (plural avants)

  1. (obsolete) The front of an army; the vanguard.
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Catalan

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Etymology

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Inherited from Late Latin ab ante (before, in front of).

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Adverb

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avant

  1. forward, ahead, onward
    Synonym: endavant
    Antonym: endarrere

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Franco-Provençal

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Etymology

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Inherited from Late Latin ab ante.

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avant (ORB large)

  1. before

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avant (ORB large)

  1. before, ahead of

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References

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  • avant in DicoFranPro: Dictionnaire Français/Francoprovençal – on dicofranpro.llm.umontreal.ca
  • avant in Lo trèsor Arpitan – on arpitan.eu

French

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Etymology

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Inherited from Middle French avant, from Old French avant (before, prior in time, forward), from Late Latin ab ante (before, in front of), from Latin ab (from) + ante (before).

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Adverb

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avant

  1. beforehand; earlier
    Je l’avais fait avant.I had done it beforehand.

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avant

  1. before (in time)
    Antonym: après
    Elle est arrivé un jour avant moi.She arrived one day before me.
    Il faut se laver avant de manger.You must wash before eating.
    Tais-toi avant que je ne te tue.Shut up before I kill you.
  2. before (in space), in front of, ahead of
    Antonym: après

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Descendants

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  • Haitian Creole: anvan

Noun

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avant m (plural avants)

  1. front
    l’avant d’une voitureThe front of a car.
  2. (sports) forward

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Norman

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Etymology

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From Old French avant, from Late Latin ab ante (before, in front of), from Latin ab (from) + ante (before).

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avant

  1. (Jersey) beforehand; earlier

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avant

  1. (Jersey) before
    • 1903, Edgar MacCulloch, “Proverbs, Weather Sayings, etc.”, in Guernsey Folk Lore[1], page 533:
      Six s'maïnes avant Noué, et six s'maïnes après, les nits sont les pûs longues, et le jours les pûs freds.
      Six weeks before Christmas and six weeks after, the nights are the longest and the days the coldest.

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Noun

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avant m (plural avants)

  1. (Jersey, nautical) bow

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Old French

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Etymology

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From Late Latin ab ante (before, in front of), from Latin ab (from) + ante (before).

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avant

  1. beforehand; earlier

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avant

  1. before
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Romansch

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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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From Late Latin ab ante, from Latin ab + ante.

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avant

  1. (Rumantsch Grischun, Surmiran, Vallader) before, beforehand
  2. (Rumantsch Grischun, Surmiran, Vallader) ago