Nov
01
2013

parvenu

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

par vÉ™ nu

noun

a person who has suddenly acquired wealth or status, without acquiring the tastes, manners, customs, or the like of his or her new station.
example: At the posh country club, parvenus were immediately identifiable by their flashy gold jewelry and rude treatment of staff, to whom they felt newly superior.

 

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