Meaning of parvenu

par•ve•nu

Pronunciation: (pär'vu-n", -ny", pär"vu-n', -ny'), [key]
— n.
  1. 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.
—adj.
  1. being or resembling a parvenu.
  2. characteristic of a parvenu.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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