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parvenu

[pahr-vuh-noo, -nyoo, pahr-vuh-noo, -nyoo] /ˈpɑr vəˌnu, -ˌnyu, ˌpɑr vəˈnu, -ˈnyu/
noun
1.
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.
adjective
2.
being or resembling a parvenu.
3.
characteristic of a parvenu.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < French: upstart, noun use of past participle of parvenir to arrive, reach < Latin pervenīre, equivalent to per- per- + venīre to come
Related forms
parvenudom, noun
parvenuism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for parvenudom

parvenu

/ˈpɑːvəˌnjuː/
noun
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
adjective
2.
of or characteristic of a parvenu
Word Origin
C19: from French, from parvenir to attain, from Latin pervenīre, from per through + venīre to come
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Word Origin and History for parvenudom

parvenu

n.

"upstart," 1802, from French parvenu, "said of an obscure person who has made a great fortune" (Littré); noun use of past participle of parvenir "to arrive" (12c.), from Latin pervenire "to come up, arrive, attain," from per- "through" (see per (prep.)) + venire "to come" (see venue). As an adjective from 1828.

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