Today’s Word : parvenu

Word : parvenu


(PAHR-vuh-noo, -nyoo)


noun: One who has newly acquired wealth or status, but has not yet gained acceptance by others in that class.


From French parvenu (upstart), from parvenir (to arrive), from Latin per- (through) + venire (to come). Earliest documented use: 1787.


“To some, Charles Clore’s philanthropy was seen as parvenu social climbing.”
Andrew Anthony; Vivien Duffield: The Woman Who Thinks It’s Better to Give; The Observer (London, UK); Mar 27, 2011.

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