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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Van"guard`
The troops who march in front of an army; the advance guard; the van.

Etymology: For vantguard avantguard, F. avant-garde; avant before, fore + garde guard. See Avant Ab-,Ante-, and Guard, and cf. Advance Vamp Van of an army, Vaward

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  1. The position of greatest importance or advancement; the leading position in any movement or field
  2. The leading units moving at the head of an army
  3. Any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts)

Earlier forms included vandgard and (a)vantgard, derived from Old French avan(t)garde (“before guard”).

  1. The leading units at the front of an army or fleet.
  2. (by extension) The person(s) at the forefront of any group or movement.

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Past life for Vanguard born Nov 13, 1989

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Egypt approximately on 775. Your profession was writer, dramatist, and organizer of rituals.

As a ruthless character, you carefully weighed your decisions in critical situations, with excellent self-control and strong will. Generally liked, but not always loved. Your lesson - to combat violence and disharmony in our world, to understand its roots and origins. All global problems have similar origins.

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