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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)
a person who is newly rich:
the ostentation of the nouveaux riches of the 1920s.
Origin of nouveau riche
1805-15; < French: new rich (person) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for nouveaux riches
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  • Every generation sniffs at its nouveaux riches, but by the next they have become merged in the aristocracy.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • Nowhere were nouveaux riches so obviously new and so obtrusively rich.

    The New Germany George Young
  • Mrs. Clinton was a social leader in Gotham before the days of the nouveaux riches, and her sway was that of an autocrat.

    As I Remember Marian Gouverneur
  • Your generosity to her has saved us from Jews so far, and from nouveaux riches, by relieving the business of commercial aspects.

  • She had been in Pittsburgh for several months before I left—angling for some of the nouveaux riches, I fancy.

  • There's a lot of talk these days about the nouveaux riches by people who haven't any more French than that.

    The Main Chance Meredith Nicholson
  • Many of these nouveaux riches dress elegantly, and their jewels are splendid.

  • The baleful influence in art of the nouveaux riches has at this house its Ghetto expression.

    The Spirit of the Ghetto Hutchins Hapgood
  • In a dozen books he scourged the court of the citizen king—its pretensions, its commonness, and its assemblage of nouveaux riches.

  • This, above all, the money must have been made; society starts the nouveaux riches from that point.

    The Awful Australian Valerie Desmond
British Dictionary definitions for nouveaux riches

nouveau riche

/ˌnuːvəʊ ˈriːʃ; French nuvo riʃ/
noun (pl) nouveaux riches (ˌnuːvəʊ ˈriːʃ; French) (nuvo riʃ)
(often pl) a person who has acquired wealth recently and is regarded as vulgarly ostentatious or lacking in social graces
of or characteristic of the nouveaux riches
Word Origin
French, literally: new rich
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for nouveaux riches

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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nouveaux riches 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.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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