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  • n. Feminine equivalent of parvenu.

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  • adj. of or characteristic of a parvenu
  • adj. characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position


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Borrowed from French parvenue, feminine past participle of parvenir meaning "to arrive", learned borrowing from Latin parvenire, from per- meaning "through" + "venire" meaning "to come."


  • It is curious that we, offsprings of parvenue success, should be capable of such repudiation.

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  • Et je suis parvenue à comprendre les éléments de physique qui y étaient exposés.

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  • And as for a parvenue, well that would be Sarah Palin would it not.

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  • That even today a Democratic nominee speaks that way confirms G.K. Chesterton's belief that some political institutions are "parvenue by pedigree; they hand on vulgarity like a coat-of-arms."

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  • La lettre m'est parvenue dans un bien mauvais etat ...

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  • As Modeste, dazzled by the magnificence of the great lords, entered and beheld this lesser Versailles, she suddenly remembered her approaching interview with the celebrated duchesses, and began to fear that she might seem awkward, or provincial, or parvenue; in fact, she lost her self-possession, and heartily repented having wished for a hunt.

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  • Une invitation m'est d'ailleurs parvenue par e-mail.

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  • I often think a parvenue, or half-bred woman, would burst if she had to do as I do.

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  • My comment that arms control is not the exclusive parvenue of this nation of ours, especially considering that we are the largest arms dealers in the world, stands.

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  • The English men of fashion in Paris courted her, too, to the disgust of the ladies their wives, who could not bear the parvenue.

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