[pahr-vuh-noo, -nyoo, pahr-vuh-noo, -nyoo]
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.

1795–1805; < French: upstart, noun use of past participle of parvenir to arrive, reach < Latin pervenīre, equivalent to per- per- + venīre to come

parvenudom, noun
parvenuism, noun Unabridged
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parvenu (ˈpɑːvəˌnjuː)
1.  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
2.  of or characteristic of a parvenu
[C19: from French, from parvenir to attain, from Latin pervenīre, from per through + venīre to come]

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Main Entry:  parvenu
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  pertaining to a recent rise in wealth or position
Etymology:  Latin per 'through' + venire 'to come'
Main Entry:  parvenu
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a person who has suddenly attained wealth or position but has not yet gained acceptance in the upper class; also, an upstart who has not yet gained the manner associated with this new position
Etymology:  Latin per 'through' + venire 'to come''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

"upstart," 1802, from Fr. parvenu, "said of an obscure person who has made a great fortune," noun use of pp. of parvenir "to arrive," from L. pervenire, from per- "through" + venire "to come" (see venue).
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Example sentences
Un roi parvenu, and in those regions, would have found himself in a precarious
How these two peoples-the destined parvenu and the doomed caretaker of a
  continent-would have interacted is a potent mystery.
It is found among scattered and broken peoples, among the declining and
  impoverished, among the parvenu or recently restored.
Everyone in town was a parvenu, so there was no great weight of tradition or
  social order with which to contend.
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