[noo-voh, noo-voh]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nouveau

Contemporary Examples of nouveau

Historical Examples of nouveau

  • 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.


    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


before a plural noun nouveaux


(prenominal) facetious, or derogatory having recently become the thing specifieda nouveau hippy

Word Origin for nouveau

C20: French, literally: new; on the model of nouveau riche
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