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New and unusual or experimental ideas, especially in the arts, or the people introducing them.

"Dostoevsky was known for his profoundly avant-garde approach to writing."

Favoring or introducing experimental or unusual ideas.

"The main critique was how avant-garde his essay was."

Avant-garde originates in late Middle English (denoting the vanguard of an army): from French, literally ‘vanguard’. Current senses date from the early 20th century.

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