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Avant \A*vant"\, n. [For avant-guard. Cf. Avaunt, Van.] The front of an army. [Obs.] See Van.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

French, literally "before," in various terms borrowed into English, corresponding to Italian avanti, both from Latin abante, a compound of ab "from" (see ab-) and ante "before" (see ante).


n. (context obsolete English) The front of an army; the vanguard.

Avant, OK -- U.S. town in Oklahoma
Population (2000): 372
Housing Units (2000): 164
Land area (2000): 0.353989 sq. miles (0.916828 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.353989 sq. miles (0.916828 sq. km)
FIPS code: 03500
Located within: Oklahoma (OK), FIPS 40
Location: 36.488660 N, 96.061403 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Avant, OK

AVANT, also known as AVANT street art guerrilla collective, was the artist group active in New York City from 1980 to 1984. By 1984 AVANT had produced thousands of acrylic on paper paintings and plastered them on walls, doors, bus-stops and galleries city-wide. Principal artists were Christopher Hart Chambers, David Fried, and Marc Thorne.

AVANT was a group of five young New York artists working collectively who wheat pasted handmade original poster sized works of non- calligraphic art in the streets of NYC. While the members of Avant assert that they began in the winter of 1980, the earliest available press documentation of their street art or art exhibitions is found in the New York Native from June 1982, wherein a later article published in the Villager places their origins at January 1981. By 1984 avant had produced thousands of acrylic on paper paintings and plastered them on walls, doors, bus-stops, galleries and museums city wide, concentrated mostly in lower Manhattan. As a group, they were capable of producing hundreds of individual paintings per week, and deployed them in the streets on a regular basis. They also mounted three-dimensional artworks to street sign poles and commandeered bus stop advertising light boxes, replacing the contents with their own original works of art, then relocking the cabinets. Over 40 exhibitions of AVANT's work were held in New York galleries and nightclubs between 1981 and 1984. Over a typical artist-gallery financial dispute, they actually managed to commandeer a gallery in Soho to open the 1982 September season with a self curated exhibition. Another fresh concept was to start an exhibition in the street that would continue into a gallery. They called this the “Drive-In Show,” which started with a dozen numbered oversized paintings pasted high up on a parking lot wall in Soho, and continued up the block in Gabrielle Bryers Gallery starting with painting number 13.

Avant (disambiguation)

Avant is the French word for 'fore' and 'ahead of'.

Avant can refer to:

Avant (album)

Avant is the self-titled fifth studio album by Avant. It was released on December 9, 2008 (which was the same release date for his album Private Room). Its first single, "When It Hurts," reached #91 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #15 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop charts. The second single is "Break Ya Back (In a Good Way)". The album was also his first release on Capitol Records. The album sold 93,929 copies to date.

Avant (company)


Avant, Inc., formerly AvantCredit, is a private Chicago, Illinois-based company in the financial technology industry. The company was established in 2012 by serial entrepreneur Albert “Al” Goldstein, John Sun, and Paul Zhang. Initially structured as a mid-prime lender, the company issued its first personal unsecured loan in early 2013 using its proprietary technology to determine an individual’s creditworthiness.

Usage examples of "avant".

Sixte aurait le temps de changer de tenue avant de paraitre devant son general, qui, furieux contre les autres autant que contre lui-meme de son inaction forcee, ne permettait pas la plus petite tache de boue, ou le moindre grain de poussiere.

Mais, avant que je parte, tu vas me jurer, tes levres sur les miennes, que je puis avoir confiance en toi.

Je pars en avant, les miens me suivent, et nous tombons dans la redoute, terribles et rapides comme des boulets vivants.

Zanette, avant toute chose, sort de la ferme pour aller dans la chapelle.

Que de sottises ne dirions-nous pas maintenant, si les anciens ne les avaient pas deja dites avant nous, et ne nous les avaient, pour ainsi dire, enlevees!

Cela surtout, avant tout et par-dessus tout, avec un but aussi genereux que touchant, qui etait de donner a chacune de ses cinq filles un million en la mariant.

It was in old French, and ran somewhat in this way: Or avant, entre nous tous freres Battons nos charognes bien fort En remembrant la grant misere De Dieu et sa piteuse mort Qui fut pris en la gent amere Et vendus et trais a tort Et bastu sa chair, vierge et dere Au nom de ce battons plus fort.

Albuquerque lui avait fait faire un extrait pour le roi de Portugal avant son depart avec Abreu.

Leur cavalerie se porta immediatement en avant pour explorer les passages et reconnaitre ceux qui pourraient etre libres.

Mais, avant que le domestique fut sorti, la porte du salon se rouvrit et la jeune dame qui paraissait tres jolie sous son voile entra.

Boldly I performed the chasse en avant and chasse en arriere glissade, until, when it came to my turn to move towards her and I, with a comic gesture, showed her the poor glove with its crumpled fingers, she laughed heartily, and seemed to move her tiny feet more enchantingly than ever over the parquetted floor.

Quand on sacrifie et que, suivant le rite, on offre les entrailles aux dieux, ces oiseaux en prennent leur part avant Jupiter.

Avant de monter en selle, Novelli demanda au tavernier le plus court chemin pour atteindre Naurouze.

Exceptionally conversant w/r/t avant-garde celluloid and avant and après-garde digital cartridges, antíconfluential cinema,61 Brutalism, Found Drama, etc.

Cellesci se dissolvent ensuite en grande partie, mais, avant de passer à l'état liquide, elles tendent à se briser en petits fragments transversaux.