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arriviste

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noun ar·ri·viste \-ˈvēst\

Definition of arriviste

  1. :  one that is a new and uncertain arrival (as in social position or artistic endeavor)



Examples of arriviste in a sentence

  1. <the town's old money immediately shunned these vulgar arrivistes, who may have had the cash but certainly not the class>



Did You Know?

An arriviste is someone who is just beginning to "arrive," in the sense of achieving success or making a name for oneself. Often the word can have slightly negative connotations, indicating a person who is highly aggressive or perhaps unscrupulous in his or her climb to the top. Like its synonym parvenu, arriviste can also indicate a lack of certainty or confidence in one's newfound position. Arriviste is something of a new arrival itself, relatively speaking. English speakers borrowed the term from French in the early 20th century.

Origin of arriviste

French, from arriver


First Known Use: 1901



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