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nouveau riche

[noo-voh reesh; French noo-voh reesh] /ˈnu voʊ ˈriʃ; French nu voʊ ˈriʃ/
noun, plural nouveaux riches
[noo-voh reesh; French noo-voh reesh] /ˈnu voʊ ˈriʃ; French nu voʊ ˈriʃ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a person who is newly rich:
the ostentation of the nouveaux riches of the 1920s.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; < French: new rich (person)
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British Dictionary definitions for nouveau-riche

nouveau riche

/ˌnuːvəʊ ˈriːʃ; French nuvo riʃ/
noun (pl) nouveaux riches (ˌnuːvəʊ ˈriːʃ; French) (nuvo riʃ)
1.
(often pl) a person who has acquired wealth recently and is regarded as vulgarly ostentatious or lacking in social graces
adjective
2.
of or characteristic of the nouveaux riches
Word Origin
French, literally: new rich
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Word Origin and History for nouveau-riche

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."

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nouveau-riche in Culture
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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