- a person who has recently or suddenly acquired wealth, importance, position, or the like, but has not yet developed the conventionally appropriate manners, dress, surroundings, etc.
- being or resembling a parvenu.
- characteristic of a parvenu.
Origin of parvenu
Examples from the Web for parvenu
The song in question is “All About That Bass,” an L.A. Reid shepherded anthem courtesy of 20-year-old parvenu Meghan Trainor.‘All About That Bass’ Singer Meghan Trainor On Haters and Her Polarizing (and Unlikely) No. 1 Hit
October 7, 2014
And he, son of a parvenu, led the life of a rich, elegant idler.Fruitfulness
The fellow will detect me for a "parvenu" long before we reach Malaga!Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
It is the repose and not the struggle of the parvenu that confounds us.A First Family of Tasajara
It is alike the passion of the parvenu and the pride of the aristocrat.Summer in a Garden, and Calvin, A Study Of Character
Charles Dudley Warner
In a word, putting one in mind of the parvenu in the ‘Walpurgis Nacht.’The Romany Rye
- 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
- of or characteristic of a parvenu
Word Origin and History for parvenu
"upstart," 1802, from French parvenu, "said of an obscure person who has made a great fortune" (Littré); noun use of past participle of parvenir "to arrive" (12c.), from Latin pervenire "to come up, arrive, attain," from per- "through" (see per (prep.)) + venire "to come" (see venue). As an adjective from 1828.