[ad_1] noun, plural ar·ri·vistes [ar-ee-veests; French aree-veest] /ˌær iˈvists; French a riˈvist/.
  1. a person who has recently acquired unaccustomed status, wealth, or success, especially by dubious means and without earning concomitant esteem.


  1. a person who is unscrupulously ambitious

“pushy, ambitious person,” 1901, from French arriviste, from arriver “to arrive” (see arrive). The notion is of a person intent on “arriving” at success or in society.


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