parvenu
[ pahr-vuh-noo ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
early 19th century French from French, literally ‘arrived’, past participle of parvenir, from Latin pervenire ‘come to, reach’
Synonyms
  • upstart
  • nouveau riche
Antonyms
  • unavailable
Definition
a person who has recently or suddenly acquired wealth, importance, position, or the like, but has not yet developed the conventionally appropriate manners, dress, surroundings, etc.
Example
A) In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is a parvenu, someone who is newly rich. B) Emily and Richard Gilmore had no idea what it was like to be parvenus; they were the epitome of old money.
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