noun. / ˌaväntˈɡärd /
1). In French, avant-garde means the “advanced guard” or “vanguard.”
2). In English, the term describes something that is innovative, experimental, or radical.
3). In art, it refers to artists who see themselves at the cutting edge of creative expression. Many important movements in art history were avant-garde: Expressionism, Surrealism, and Cubism. Many contemporary artists see themselves as part of the modern-day avant-garde.
Example: “That artist makes me think. She’s avant-garde.”