advance guard

ad·vance guard
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-vans, -vahns gahrd]
    • /ædˈvæns, -ˈvɑns gɑrd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-vans, -vahns gahrd]
    • /ædˈvæns, -ˈvɑns gɑrd/

Definitions of advance guard words

  • noun advance guard a military unit sent ahead of a main body to find gaps in enemy defences, clear away minor opposition, and prevent unexpected contact 3
  • noun advance guard a temporary military detachment sent ahead of a force to prepare for a landing or other operation, esp by making reconnaissance 3
  • noun advance guard a detachment of troops sent ahead to reconnoiter and protect the line of march 3
  • noun advance guard a body of troops going before the main force to clear the way, guard against surprise, etc. 1
  • noun advance guard a unit or units leading the way of advancing or marching troops, guarding them from ambushes, reconnoitering and pursuing the enemy, etc. 0
  • noun advance guard an individual soldier in the same role. 0

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Origin of advance guard

First appearance:

before 1750
One of the 47% newest English words
First recorded in 1750-60

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Parts of speech for Advance guard


advance guard popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 32% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 74% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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Synonyms for advance guard

noun advance guard

  • leading edge — Aeronautics. the edge of an airfoil or propeller blade facing the direction of motion.
  • forefront — the foremost part or place.
  • innovation — something new or different introduced: numerous innovations in the high-school curriculum.
  • vanguard — the foremost division or the front part of an army; advance guard; van.
  • advancement — Advancement is progress in your job or in your social position.

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