Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Avant Courier. (French, avant courrier.)

 Avalon.Avant Garde. (French.) 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Avant Courier. (French, avant courrier.)
A “messenger sent before” to get things ready for a party of travellers, or to announce their approach. Anything said or done to prepare the way for something more important to follow; a feeler, a harbinger.   1

 Avalon.Avant Garde. (French.) 

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