noun par·ve·nu \ˈpär-və-ˌnü, -ˌnyü\

: a person from usually a low social position who has recently or suddenly become wealthy, powerful, or successful but who is not accepted by other wealthy, powerful, and successful people

plural par·ve·nus\-ˌn(y)üz\

Full Definition of PARVENU

:  one that has recently or suddenly risen to an unaccustomed position of wealth or power and has not yet gained the prestige, dignity, or manner associated with it
parvenu adjective

Examples of PARVENU

  1. <the kind of trophy house that a parvenu buys to prove to people, and to himself, that he has indeed arrived>

Origin of PARVENU

French, from past participle of parvenir to arrive, from Latin pervenire, from per through + venire to come — more at for, come
First Known Use: 1787


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