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vaward (n.) 1[military] vanguard, foremost division
vaward (n.) 2foremost part, front line, vanguard
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2H4 I.ii.178 [Falstaff to Lord Chief Justice] we that are in the vaward of our youth ... are wags too
MND IV.i.104 [Theseus to all] we have the vaward of the day [i.e. it is still early]