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Meaning of arrière-garde*

ar•rière-garde

Pronunciation: (a-ryer-gard'), [key]
— n. French.
  1. rear guard.
  2. a group that is behind or out-of-date in any field, esp. in one of the arts. Cf. avant-garde.
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