noun, plural nou·veaux riches [noo-voh reesh; French noo-voh reesh] /ˈnu voʊ ˈriʃ; French nu voʊ ˈriʃ/.
Origin of nouveau riche
British Dictionary definitions for nouveau riche
noun plural nouveaux riches (ˌnuːvəʊ ˈriːʃ, French nuvo riʃ)
Word Origin for nouveau riche
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."
Culture definitions for nouveau riche
A pejorative term for one who has recently become rich and who spends money conspicuously. From French, meaning “new rich.”