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[noo-voh, noo-voh] /ˈnu voʊ, nuˈvoʊ/
newly or recently created, developed, or come to prominence:
The sudden success of the firm created several nouveau millionaires.
Origin of nouveau
1805-15; < French: new; Old French novel < Latin novellus; see novel2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was just such a crowd as this that initiated a “nouveau” once in one of the ateliers.

    The Real Latin Quarter F. Berkeley Smith
  • That is, they are well-born, but they are nouveau as regards money.

    The Halo Bettina von Hutten
  • What I didn't tell you is that we're nouveau riche—no class at all.

    The Plastic Age Percy Marks
  • One gained from it that nouveau frisson which it was its aim to produce.

    Intentions Oscar Wilde
  • The editors of nouveau Trait de Diplomatique are of the same opinion, and doubt the use of linen paper before the year 1300.

British Dictionary definitions for nouveau


(prenominal) (facetious or derogatory) having recently become the thing specified: a nouveau hippy
Word Origin
C20: French, literally: new; on the model of nouveau riche
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