Parvenu meaning

pärvə-no͝o, -nyo͝o
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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."

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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.

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A person who has suddenly risen to a higher social and economic class and has not yet gained social acceptance by others in that class.
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A person who has suddenly acquired wealth or power, esp. one who is not fully accepted socially by the class associated with the higher position; upstart.
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Being a parvenu.
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A person who has risen, climbed up, or has been promoted to a higher social class, especially through acquisition of wealth, rights, or political authority but has not gained social acceptance by those within that new class.
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Being a parvenu; also, like, having the characteristics of, or associated with a parvenu.
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Like or characteristic of a parvenu.
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Origin of parvenu

  • French from past participle of parvenir to arrive from Latin pervenīre per through per1 in Indo-European roots venīre to come gwā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • See also parvenue f. Parvenu/parvenue is one of the few words in English which has two forms distinguished according to gender.

    From Wiktionary

  • From French parvenu, from French parvenir, from Latin perveniō (“arrive, reach").

    From Wiktionary