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noun, plural nou·veaux riches [noo-voh reesh; French noo-voh reesh] /ˈnu voʊ ˈriʃ; French nu voʊ ˈriʃ/.
- 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
noun plural nouveaux riches (ˌnuːvəʊ ˈriːʃ, French nuvo riʃ)
- (often plural) 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
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."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
A pejorative term for one who has recently become rich and who spends money conspicuously. From French, meaning “new rich.”
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