Definitions for: Parvenu


[n] a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
[adj] of or characteristic of a parvenu
[adj] characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position



Webster (1913) Definition: Par"ve*nu`, n. [F., prop. p. p. of parvenir to attain
to, to succeed, to rise to high station, L. pervenire to come
to; per through + venire to come. See Par, prep., and
Come.]
An upstart; a man newly risen into notice.

Synonyms: new, nouveau-riche, nouveau-riche, parvenue, pretentious, upstart, upstart(a)

See Also: climber, disagreeable person, junior, social climber, unpleasant person

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