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 Par’venu’ (French).Parviz’ [Victorious]. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Parvis (London).
 
The “place” or court before the main entrance of a cathedral. In the parvis of St. Paul’s lawyers used to meet for consultation, as brokers do in exchange. The word is now applied to the room above the church porch. (Paravsus, a Low Latin corruption of paradisus, a church close.)   1
       
“A sergeant of lawe, war and WVS,
That often haddé ben atté parvys.”
       
Chaucer: Canterbury Tales (Introduction)
 


 Par’venu’ (French).Parviz’ [Victorious]. 

 
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