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 (pär′və-no͞o′, -nyo͞o′)
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.

[French, from past participle of parvenir, to arrive, from Latin pervenīre : per, through; see per in Indo-European roots + venīre, to come; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.]

par′ve·nu′ adj.


(Sociology) a person, esp a man, who, having risen socially or economically, is considered to be an upstart or to lack the appropriate refinement for his or her new position
(Sociology) of or characteristic of a parvenu
[C19: from French, from parvenir to attain, from Latin pervenīre, from per through + venīre to come]


(ˈpɑr vəˌnu, -ˌnyu, ˌpɑr vəˈnu, -ˈnyu)

n., pl. -nus,
adj. n.
1. a person who has newly acquired wealth or influence, but has not yet acquired the acceptance or social qualifications associated with it.
2. characteristic of a parvenu.
[1795–1805; < French: upstart, n. use of past participle of parvenir to arrive, reach < Latin pervenīre]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.parvenu - a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that classparvenu - a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
social climber, climber - someone seeking social prominence by obsequious behavior
junior - term of address for a disrespectful and annoying male; "look here, junior, it's none of your business"
Adj.1.parvenu - characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new positionparvenu - characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position
pretentious - making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction; "a pretentious country house"; "a pretentious fraud"; "a pretentious scholarly edition"
2.parvenu - of or characteristic of a parvenu
new - not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered; "a new law"; "new cars"; "a new comet"; "a new friend"; "a new year"; "the New World"


[ˈpɑːvənjuː] Nadvenedizo/a m/f


nEmporkömmling m, → Parvenü m


[ˈpɑːvənˌjuː] n (frm) → parvenu m inv
References in classic literature ?
Because Fernand and Danglars, being both parvenus, both having become noble, both rich, are about equal in worth, excepting that there have been certain things mentioned of him that were never said of me.
At these reunions I had to play the part of host--to meet and entertain fat mercantile parvenus who were impossible by reason of their rudeness and braggadocio, colonels of various kinds, hungry authors, and journalistic hacks-- all of whom disported themselves in fashionable tailcoats and pale yellow gloves, and displayed such an aggregate of conceit and gasconade as would be unthinkable even in St.
Through this easy gap emerged into life the rich supernumeraries who drove their tilburys, dressed well, and wore moustachios, all of them as impudent as parvenus.
However much he might be disposed to hate all parvenus (Mr.
They have intermarried with parvenus and Americans for generations.
In England, for example, no mere parade of costly appurtenances would be so likely as with us, to create an impression of the beautiful in respect to the appurtenances themselves - or of taste as regards the proprietor: - this for the reason, first, that wealth is not, in England, the loftiest object of ambition as constituting a nobility; and secondly, that there, the true nobility of blood, confining itself within the strict limits of legitimate taste, rather avoids than affects that mere costliness in which a parvenu rivalry may at any time be successfully attempted.
It's pretty much the same with the comic clothes of the parvenu.
Only old Catherine Mingott, with her absence of moral prejudices and almost parvenu indifference to the subtler distinctions, might have bridged the abyss; but she had never opened a book or looked at a picture, and cared for music only because it reminded her of gala nights at the Italiens, in the days of her triumph at the Tuileries.
One of these was a middle-aged man of very respectable appearance, but with the stamp of parvenu upon him, a man whom nobody knew, and who evidently knew nobody.
And when it came to blood, beside her I was parvenu.
Les services de la Gendarmerie nationale, qui ont ouvert aussitot une enquete, ont constate un crime et sont parvenus a connaitre l'auteur, qui a reconnu les faits justifiant sa besogne par un mauvais traitement subi de son conjoint.
Lors des prolongations, les Mexicains sont parvenus a plier l'affaire grace a Hugo Pavone (108e) avant que son coequipier Torrado ne triple la mise (118).