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[noo-voh, noo-voh] /ˈnu voʊ, nuˈvoʊ/
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
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  • During the past few years, one book after another has organized itself around some nouveau-Thoreauvian conceit.
  • What traditional buyers of luxury make of their nouveau co-consumers they are, of course, too civilised to say.
  • nouveau riches in the roaring twenties established large estates on the north shore.
British Dictionary definitions for nouveau


(prenominal) (facetious or derogatory) having recently become the thing specified: a nouveau hippy
Word Origin
C20: French, literally: new; on the model of nouveau riche
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