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nouveau riche

[noo-voh reesh; French noo-voh reesh] /ˈnu voʊ ˈriʃ; French nu voʊ ˈriʃ/
noun, plural nouveaux riches
[noo-voh reesh; French noo-voh reesh] /ˈnu voʊ ˈriʃ; French nu voʊ ˈriʃ/ (Show IPA)
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) Unabridged
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  • What I didn't tell you is that we're nouveau riche—no class at all.

    The Plastic Age Percy Marks
  • A case of nouveau riche retaining their old habits while their palace was being built.

    A Journal from Japan

    Marie Carmichael Stopes
  • One saw it was not the over-dressing of the nouveau riche, but the rather old-world dandyism of a past generation.

    Bird of Paradise

    Ada Leverson
  • But the demi-god has always much of the nouveau riche about him, and a gentleman is, after all, an exquisite product.

    Prose Fancies Richard Le Gallienne
  • One dozen bonbon dishes, five nouveau riche sugar shakers (we never use them), three muffineers—in heaven's name, what's that?

    Murder in Any Degree Owen Johnson
  • Tiglath then begins to boast about his gorgeous new residence with all the vulgarity of a nouveau riche.

  • They buy their dresses at a place called Kress-Worth and look like Paris nouveau riche.

    Mars Confidential Jack Lait
  • "nouveau riche," thought Drusilla Browne, looking up from her own letters.

    The Man From Brodney's

    George Barr McCutcheon
  • We belong to that despised class, 'nouveau riche,' therefore we are extremely short on noted ancestors and relics and things.

British Dictionary definitions for nouveau riche

nouveau riche

/ˌnuːvəʊ ˈriːʃ; French nuvo riʃ/
noun (pl) nouveaux riches (ˌnuːvəʊ ˈriːʃ; French) (nuvo riʃ)
(often pl) a person who has acquired wealth recently and is regarded as vulgarly ostentatious or lacking in social graces
of or characteristic of the nouveaux riches
Word Origin
French, literally: new rich
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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