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.(noun)
An example of a parvenu is a person who just inherited millions from a deceased relative.
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.(adjective)
An example of parvenu used as an adjective is in the phrase "the parvenu class."
See parvenu in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr, pp. of parvenir < L pervenire, to arrive < per, through (see per) + venire, come
See parvenu in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: , from past participle of parvenir, to arrive
Origin: , from Latin pervenīre
Origin: : per, through; see per1 in Indo-European roots
Origin: + venīre, to come; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
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