vaward (n.)
foremost part, front line, vanguard
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]
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