Word A Day – PARVENU

23 05 2008

parvenu \PAR-vuh-noo; -nyoo\

noun:
1. One that has recently or suddenly risen to a higher social or economic class but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class; an upstart.

adjective:
1. Being a parvenu; also, like or having the characteristics of a parvenu.

Parvenu is from the French, from the past participle of parvenir, from Latin pervenire, “to come through to, to arrive at, to reach, hence to succeed,” from per, “through” + venire, “to come.”

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