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new-rich

[noo-rich, nyoo-]
adjective
  1. newly or suddenly wealthy.
  2. characteristic of a newly or suddenly wealthy person: a new-rich display of expensive jewelry.
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noun
  1. nouveau riche.
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Origin of new-rich

First recorded in 1885–90
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for new-rich

Historical Examples

  • The "new-rich" have no other way of bringing themselves into notice and contempt.

    Memoir of John Howe Peyton

    Various

  • They knew them slightly as the daughters of a new-rich family who were hangers-on of the fashionable society in Trenton.

  • Among the highest types of American manhood to-day a large majority are the new-rich men.

  • Bribery was carried to a preposterous height, and the new-rich bought seats as openly as they bought their horses.

  • 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

    Blanchard Jerrold