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Meaning of arriviste

ar•ri•viste

Pronunciation: (ar"ē-vēst' Fr. a-rē-vēst'), [key]
— pl. -vistes
  1. a person who has recently acquired unaccustomed status, wealth, or success, esp. by dubious means and without earning concomitant esteem.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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