parvenu(redirected from Parvenus)
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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.
[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.]
(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]
par•ve•nu(ˈpɑr vəˌnu, -ˌnyu, ˌpɑr vəˈnu, -ˈnyu)
n., pl. -nus,
1. a person who has newly acquired wealth or influence, but has not yet acquired the acceptance or social qualifications associated with it.adj.
2. characteristic of a parvenu.
[1795–1805; < French: upstart, n. use of past participle of parvenir to arrive, reach < Latin pervenīre]
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|Noun||1.||parvenu - a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class|
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 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"