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parvenu

See also: Parvenü

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From French parvenu, from French parvenir, from Latin perveniō (arrive, reach).

See also parvenue f. Parvenu/parvenue is one of the few words in English which has two forms distinguished according to gender.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɑː.və.njuː/, /ˈpɑː.və.nuː/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpɑɹ.və.nju/, /ˈpɑɹ.və.nu/
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  • Rhymes: -uː

NounEdit

parvenu (plural parvenus)

  1. 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.
    • 2001, January 31, Francis Wheen, "The whole truth about Peter's friends", The Guardian
      But the favourite's power and influence provoke intense ill-feeling among other courtiers, who regard him as a sinister, usurping parvenu with ideas above his station, or perhaps even a sorcerer.

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AdjectiveEdit

parvenu (not comparable)

  1. Being a parvenu; also, like, having the characteristics of, or associated with a parvenu.
    • 2001, Norman Birnbaum, After Progress, Oxford University Press,
      The Progressives were of the educated middle class, angry at the rule of parvenu financiers and industrialists.
    • 2003, Edith Grossman (translator), Gabriel García Márquez, Living to Tell the Tale (2002), Chapter 1,
      The majority of the adults, however, viewed Luisa Santiaga as the precious jewel of a rich and powerful family whom a parvenu telegraph operator was courting not for love but self-interest.

TranslationsEdit

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PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

parvenu m (feminine parvenue, masculine plural parvenus, feminine plural parvenues)

  1. parvenu

NounEdit

parvenu m (plural parvenus, feminine parvenue)

  1. parvenu

VerbEdit

parvenu m (feminine parvenue, masculine plural parvenus, feminine plural parvenues)

  1. past participle of parvenir

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EtymologyEdit

French

PronunciationEdit

  • Rhymes: -u

NounEdit

parvenu m (invariable)

  1. parvenu