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Etymology

From French parvenu from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] perveniō (arrive, reach).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
parvenu

Plural
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  1. A person who has risen, climbed up, or has been promoted to a higher social class, especially through acquisition of wealth, rights, or political authority but has not gained social acceptance by those within that new class.
    • 2001: January 31, Francis Wheen, "The whole truth about Peter's friends", The Guardian
      But the favourite's power and influence provoke intense ill-feeling among other courtiers, who regard him as a sinister, usurping parvenu with ideas above his station, or perhaps even a sorcerer.

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Adjective

parvenu (not comparable)

Positive
parvenu

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Being a parvenu; also, like or having the characteristics of a parvenu.
    • 2001: Norman Birnbaum, After Progress, Oxford University Press,
      The Progressives were of the educated middle class, angry at the rule of parvenu financiers and industrialists.
    • 2003: Edith Grossman (translator), Gabriel García Márquez, Living to Tell the Tale (2002), Chapter 1,
      The majority of the adults, however, viewed Luisa Santiaga as the precious jewel of a rich and powerful family whom a parvenu telegraph operator was courting not for love but self-interest.

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French

Pronunciation

Adjective

parvenu m. (f. parvenue, m. plural parvenus, f. plural parvenues)

  1. parvenu

Noun

parvenu m. (plural parvenus; feminine parvenue, plural parvenues)

  1. parvenu

Verb

parvenu

  1. Past participle of parvenir; arrived.

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