1. [ adjective ] of or characteristic of a parvenu
Synonyms: parvenue
Related terms: new
2. [ adjective ] characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position
Synonyms: parvenue upstart nouveau-riche
Related terms: pretentious
3. [ noun ] a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
Synonyms: nouveau-riche arriviste upstart
Related terms: unpleasant_person junior social_climber
Similar spelling:   parvenue