nouveau riche


nouveau riche

noun, plural nou·veaux riches [noo-voh reesh; French noo-voh reesh] /ˈnu voʊ ˈriʃ; French nu voʊ ˈriʃ/.

  1. a person who is newly rich: the ostentation of the nouveaux riches of the 1920s.

noun plural nouveaux riches (ˌnuːvəʊ ˈriːʃ, French nuvo riʃ)

  1. (often plural) a person who has acquired wealth recently and is regarded as vulgarly ostentatious or lacking in social graces

adjective

  1. of or characteristic of the nouveaux riches

1813, French, literally “new rich.” Opposite noveau pauvre is attested from 1965. Ancient Greek had the same idea in neo-ploutos “newly become rich.” A pejorative term for one who has recently become rich and who spends money conspicuously. From French, meaning “new rich.”

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