What does the word parvenu mean?

Usage examples for parvenu

  1. She furnished the rooms; she selected the male domestic, whose excellent training and intelligence you must have observed; it was she who arranged the menu of that dinner; in short, she is the providence of the parvenu colony, which, without her intervention, would have made the whole quarter laugh at it. – The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac
  2. When Mademoiselle Brun and Denise arrived, they found the baroness beautifully dressed as usual, and very French, for the empress was at this time the leader of the world's women, as the emperor- that clever parvenu- was undoubtedly the first monarch in Europe. – The Isle of Unrest by Henry Seton Merriman
  3. He was a baronet of ancient name; No parvenu his daughter's hand should claim. – The Song of the Exile--A Canadian Epic by Wilfred S. Skeats
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