- newly or suddenly wealthy.
- characteristic of a newly or suddenly wealthy person: a new-rich display of expensive jewelry.
Origin of new-rich
First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for new-rich
The "new-rich" have no other way of bringing themselves into notice and contempt.Memoir of John Howe Peyton
They knew them slightly as the daughters of a new-rich family who were hangers-on of the fashionable society in Trenton.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Among the highest types of American manhood to-day a large majority are the new-rich men.Every Man His Own University
Russell H. Conwell
Bribery was carried to a preposterous height, and the new-rich bought seats as openly as they bought their horses.The Political History of England - Vol. X.
There is a race of the new-rich—of the recently honoured, here, who are French from their shoe-rosettes to their chignons.The Cockaynes in Paris