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Parvenu Definition with Synonyms from 601 Words You Need

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Parvenu definition with synonyms and antonyms used in real context from the coursebook 601 Words You Need to Know to Pass Your Exam ideal for GRE & SAT candidates. Learn the word parvenu in real context with images.

/ˈpɑː.və.nuː/ (noun)

Parvenu definition

someone from a lower social caste or lower class of society who has become extremely rich or influential all of a sudden and therefore acts weirdly, nouveau riche, arriviste, social climber, pretender, roturier, upstart


A parvenu is a person who is a relative newcomer to a high-ranking socioeconomic class. The word is borrowed from the French language; it is the past participle of the verb parvenir (to reach, to arrive, to manage to do something).

The word parvenu typically describes a person who recently ascended the social ladder, especially a nouveau riche or “new money” individual. The famous Margaret Brown, who survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, was portrayed as a “new money” individual, most notably in the “climbing social classes” musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown, because of her impoverished Irish immigrant roots and lack of social pedigree.

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