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Webster 1913 Edition


Avant

A-vant′

,
Noun.
[For
avant-guard
. Cf.
Avaunt
,
Van
.]
The front of an army.
[Obs.]
See
Van
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Avant

AVANT'

,
Noun.
The front of an army. [Not used. See Van.]

Definition 2022


avant

avant

See also: avànt and avânt

English

Noun

avant (plural avants)

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

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References

  • avant in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1914

French

Etymology

From Middle French, from Old French avant (before, prior in time, forward), from Vulgar Latin abante (before, in front of) (compare Classical Latin ante (before, in front of)), from Latin ab (of, from) + ante (before). More at ante.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /avɑ̃/

Adverb

avant

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

Preposition

avant

  1. before (in time)
    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

Related terms

Noun

avant m (plural avants)

  1. front
    l'avant d'une voiture(please add an English translation of this usage example) The front of a car.
  2. (sports) forward

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Norman

Etymology

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

Adverb

avant

  1. (Jersey) beforehand; earlier

Preposition

avant

  1. (Jersey) before

Derived terms

Noun

avant m (plural avants)

  1. (Jersey, nautical) bow

Derived terms


Old French

Adverb

avant

  1. beforehand; earlier

Romansch

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Vulgar Latin abante, from Latin ab + ante, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ent- (front, forehead).

Preposition

avant

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