Then the international monetary boom and its immediate effects on China transformed the middle class into the nouveau riche.
The nouveau riche of the new Plutocratic type comes thrusting among you, demonstrating that sometimes quite obtrusively.
What I didn't tell you is that we're nouveau riche—no class at all.
We belong to that despised class, 'nouveau riche,' therefore we are extremely short on noted ancestors and relics and things.
But the demi-god has always much of the nouveau riche about him, and a gentleman is, after all, an exquisite product.
Tiglath then begins to boast about his gorgeous new residence with all the vulgarity of a nouveau riche.
One dozen bonbon dishes, five nouveau riche sugar shakers (we never use them), three muffineers—in heaven's name, what's that?
One saw it was not the over-dressing of the nouveau riche, but the rather old-world dandyism of a past generation.
The nouveau riche of to-day could scarcely do the thing with more éclat.
Of course there is the question of social standing—a very important matter with some parents of the "nouveau riche" type.
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.”