Definition of avant-courier in English:

avant-courier

noun

historical
  • A person running ahead, especially a member of the advance guard of an army.

    • ‘The avant-courier rode at full speed into the court.’
    • ‘Landseer, however, instead of following his avant-courier in an hour, arrived in a few minutes after him.’
    • ‘He had served as an artilleryman during the war of Independence, and retained enough of his old military habits to make a most invaluable avant-courier.’
    • ‘Why, then, don't the avant-couriers who praise the piece as one of Schoenberg's greatest take note of this outbreak of tonality?’
    • ‘General Platen's avant-courier now arrived with the intelligence of his approach.’
    harbinger, sign, indicator, indication, signal, prelude, portent, omen, augury, forewarning, presage, announcer
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Origin

Early 17th century: from French avant forward, before + courier.

Pronunciation

avant-courier

/avɒ̃ːˈkʊrɪə/