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nouveau riche

[noo-voh reesh; French noo-voh reesh]
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noun, plural nou·veaux riches [noo-voh reesh; French noo-voh reesh] /ˈnu voʊ ˈriʃ; French nu voʊ ˈriʃ/.
  1. a person who is newly rich: the ostentation of the nouveaux riches of the 1920s.

Origin of nouveau riche

1805–15; < French: new rich (person)
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British Dictionary definitions for nouveau riche

nouveau riche

noun plural nouveaux riches (ˌnuːvəʊ ˈriːʃ, French nuvo riʃ)
  1. (often plural) a person who has acquired wealth recently and is regarded as vulgarly ostentatious or lacking in social graces
adjective
  1. of or characteristic of the nouveaux riches

Word Origin

French, literally: new rich
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Word Origin and History for nouveau riche

1813, French, literally "new rich." Opposite noveau pauvre is attested from 1965. Ancient Greek had the same idea in neo-ploutos "newly become rich."

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nouveau riche in Culture

nouveau riche

[(nooh-voh reesh)]

A pejorative term for one who has recently become rich and who spends money conspicuously. From French, meaning “new rich.”

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