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[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.
/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

1813, French, literally “new rich.” Opposite noveau pauvre is attested from 1965. Ancient Greek had the same idea in neo-ploutos “newly become rich.”
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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