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.
- par·ve·nu·dom, noun
- par·ve·nu·ism, noun
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How to use parvenu in a sentence
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 | Marlow Stern | October 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I've never understood this fixation some people, especially the social striver-parvenu types, have with fancy watches.
On his head was the second-hand hat of some parvenu's coachman, gold lace, cockade and all.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
The squire's son-in-law was quite aware that the wealthy Mr. Sleek was a parvenu.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3) | Charles James Wills
His excellency bowed slightly, the parvenu humbled himself lower than the earth, then they chatted for a moment.The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
British Dictionary definitions for parvenu
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
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