elderly tradesman who spends wealth trying to raise his social status. [Fr. Lit.: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme]
parvenu grandiosely affects gentleman’s mien. [Fr. Lit.: The Bourgeois Gentilhomme]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.