from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who has suddenly risen to a higher social and economic class and has not yet gained social acceptance by others in that class.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- adj. this sense?) Being a parvenu; also, like or having the characteristics of a parvenu.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An upstart; a man newly risen into notice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One newly risen into notice, especially by an accident of fortune and beyond his birth or apparent deserts, whether as a claimant for a place in society or as occupying a position of authority; an upstart.
- Like or characteristic of a parvenu or upstart.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
- adj. characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position
- adj. of or characteristic of a parvenu
French, from past participle of parvenir, to arrive, from Latin pervenīre : per, through; see per1 in Indo-European roots + venīre, to come; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French parvenu, from French parvenir, from Latin perveniō ("arrive, reach"). (Wiktionary)