- Parvenu is defined as a person who has recently acquired a higher social standing, power or wealth but is not accepted by others at that level.
An example of parvenu used as an adjective is in the phrase "the parvenu class."
- The definition of a parvenu is a person new to power or wealth who is not accepted by others with the same power or wealth.
An example of a parvenu is a person who just inherited millions from a deceased relative.
parvenu definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French past participle of parvenir ; from Classical Latin pervenire, to arrive ; from per, through (see per) plush venire, come
- being a parvenu
- like or characteristic of a parvenu
parvenu definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: French, from past participle of parvenir, to arrive, from Latin pervenīre : per, through; see per1 in Indo-European roots + venīre, to come; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
- parˈve·nuˌ adjective