Fancy word Everygirls should know: parvenu
Why we chose this fancy word: Earlier this week, our newest intern, Clarissa, was reading an article about The Great Gatsby and stumbled upon the word parvenu. Unsure of its meaning, she turned to dictionary.com for guidance. Upon reading the definition, she quickly understood why Jay Gatsby’s character perfectly personifies the word.
Definition: parvenu (noun) pronunciation: pahr-vuh-noo
- 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.
Use this word in a sentence: Emma’s friends considered her a parvenu because of her recent inheritance.
Have you been using past fancy words?
blandishment = something, as an action or speech, that tends to flatter, coax, entice
innocuous = not harmful
fruition = attainment of anything desired; realization; accomplishment
libation = a pouring out of wine or other liquid in honor of a deity
ubiquitous = existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time
chimerical = highly unrealistic; wildly fanciful
pithy = brief or forceful
euphemism = nice way of saying something unpleasant
loquacious = talkative, babbling
osculation = a kiss