nouveau riche

[noo-voh reesh; French noo-voh reesh]
noun, plural nouveaux riches [noo-voh reesh; French noo-voh reesh] .
a person who is newly rich: the ostentation of the nouveaux riches of the 1920s.

1805–15; < French: new rich (person) Unabridged
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nouveau riche (ˌnuːvəʊ ˈriːʃ, French nuvo riʃ)
n , pl nouveaux riches
1.  (often plural) a person who has acquired wealth recently and is regarded as vulgarly ostentatious or lacking in social graces
2.  of or characteristic of the nouveaux riches
[French, literally: new rich]

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nouveau riche
1813, from Fr., lit. "new rich." Opposite noveau pauvre is attested from 1965.
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nouveau riche [(nooh-voh reesh)]

A pejorative term for one who has recently become rich and who spends money conspicuously. From French, meaning “new rich.”

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