parvenu

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj parvenu of or characteristic of a parvenu
    • adj parvenu characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position
    • n parvenu a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Parvenu An upstart; a man newly risen into notice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n parvenu One newly risen into notice, especially by an accident of fortune and beyond his birth or apparent deserts, whether as a claimant for a place in society or as occupying a position of authority; an upstart.
    • parvenu Like or characteristic of a parvenu or upstart.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Parvenu pär′ve-nū an upstart: one newly risen into notice or power
    • adj Parvenu like a parvenu
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

A parvenu, with a nobility altogether too recent!
"The Women of the Caesars" by Guglielmo Ferrero
Gamard, a dealer in wood, a kind of parvenu peasant.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
A duke or a prince may be a parvenu.
"The Title Market" by Emily Post
This is the parvenu Congo!
"Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z" by Various
The idea of the comic parvenue is ancient.
"Shadows of the Stage" by William Winter
As yet, the new-made emperor was a parvenu amid his royal contemporaries.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, August, 1878" by Various
They are not a parvenue family, but date from the days of Richard III.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
Hundreds and hundreds of them have never been inside the house of a rich parvenu, nor have their women.
"Germany and the Germans" by Price Collier
England offered the hand of fellowship to the Japanese parvenu simply because she wanted some one to hold her Russian rival in check.
"Banzai!" by Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff
His parents were parvenues.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
Social dogma is the armour of the parvenu.
"The Orchard of Tears" by Sax Rohmer
It was strictly a parvenu.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
The dignity of a parvenu cat admitted for the first time to unknown luxury is a lesson.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
It may safely be assumed that this was not done capriciously, as the modern parvenue makes for himself a heraldric device.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
The girl showed great powers of duplicity, all the trickiness of a parvenue, to be quite frank.
"Clark's Field" by Robert Herrick
It is curious that we, offsprings of parvenue success, should be capable of such repudiation.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
A parvenu never does.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
The fellow will detect me for a "parvenu" long before we reach Malaga!
"Confessions Of Con Cregan An Irish Gil Blas" by Charles James Lever
This sailor, workman, philosopher, and parvenu trader, though a simple man in appearance, was by no means simple at bottom.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Of course you have no parvenu Hanoverians behind your respectable wainscots?
"Mohawks, Volume 3 of 3" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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