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a woman who, having risen socially or economically, is considered to be an upstart or to lack the appropriate refinement for her new position
of or characteristic of a parvenue
Word Origin
C19: see parvenu
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  • The first generation makes the millions, the second generation is parvenue, the third is arrivée.

  • 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.

    When Dreams Come True Ritter Brown
  • 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
  • Some of our political houses are parvenue by pedigree; they hand on vulgarity like a coat of-arms.

    What's Wrong With The World G.K. Chesterton
  • "Gentlemen have so much more liberty than we ladies have," says Mrs. parvenue.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • Do you acknowledge yourself a parvenue that you rejoice at the entrance of any one special person into your doors?

    The Sword of Damocles Anna Katharine Green
  • His Madame Guichard is the most cheerfully vulgar type of the parvenue which any one ever dared to put upon the stage.

  • And yet there was about her always and under all circumstances, an indescribable flavor of the parvenue.

    Other People's Money Emile Gaboriau

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