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Meaning of PARVENU

Pronunciation:  'pârvu`noo

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
  2. [adj]  of or characteristic of a parvenu
  3. [adj]  characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position

PARVENU is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: new, nouveau-riche, nouveau-riche, parvenue, pretentious, upstart, upstart(a)
 See Also: climber, disagreeable person, junior, social climber, unpleasant person



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Par"ve*nu`\, n. [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
An upstart; a man newly risen into notice.

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