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British Dictionary definitions for parvenue

parvenue

noun
  1. a woman who, having risen socially or economically, is considered to be an upstart or to lack the appropriate refinement for her new position
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adjective
  1. of or characteristic of a parvenue
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Word Origin

C19: see parvenu
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Examples from the Web for parvenue

Historical Examples

  • The first generation makes the millions, the second generation is parvenue, the third is arrivée.

    Jonathan and His Continent

    Max O'Rell

  • It is curious that we, offsprings of parvenue success, should be capable of such repudiation.

  • There were no jarring notes or lavish, tawdry display, the pitfalls into which the parvenue and petit bourgeois invariably fall.

  • The girl showed great powers of duplicity, all the trickiness of a parvenue, to be quite frank.

    Clark's Field

    Robert Herrick

  • It is at any rate happier than that of the parvenue, unless the mere fact of being arrivée confers any special enjoyment.

    Town Life in Australia

    R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny