A vanguard is a (usually small) group of people who lead a movement. It comes from two old French words, avant (front) and garde (guard). In military terms, a vanguard is a group of soldiers who scout ahead to protect an army from surprise attacks.
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- Bealey, Frank W. (1999). "Vanguard of the Proletariat". The Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science. http://www.credoreference.com/entry/bkpolsci/vanguard_of_the_proletariat. Retrieved 14 June 2011.