nouveau riche

nou·​veau riche | \ ˌnü-ˌvō-ˈrēsh How to pronounce nouveau riche (audio) \
plural nouveaux riches\ ˌnü-​ˌvō-​ˈrēsh How to pronounce nouveau riche (audio) \

Definition of nouveau riche

: a person newly rich : parvenu

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Examples of nouveau riche in a Sentence

a nouveau riche who is reportedly using his money to buy his way into Palm Beach society
Recent Examples on the Web And for their neighbors, the nouveau riche Featheringtons? Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Costume Designer Ellen Mirojnick on Why Bridgerton Presented the "Challenge of a Lifetime"," 28 Dec. 2020 Australian winemaker Treasury Wine has for years benefited from quenching the thirst of the nouveau riche in China. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "China’s Sour Grapes Spell Trouble for Australian Wine," 30 Nov. 2020 The Post Oak location is where Tony’s became a go-to for the old guard, nouveau riche and A-listers, alike. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Houston restaurateur Tony Vallone dead at 75," 10 Sep. 2020 Jay Gatsby's car was symbolic of the roaring 1920s, the tangible symbol of the decadent wealth of the nouveau riche at the time. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "A rare Rolls-Royce used in 'The Great Gatsby' could fetch millions at auction," 29 Aug. 2020 Lucca is forced to work with problematic Good Wife lawyer David Lee, who works at STR Laurie now, on a divorce case involving nouveau riche cosmetic entrepreneur Bianca Skye. Chancellor Agard,, "The Good Fight recap: The gang deals with who let the dogs out," 16 Apr. 2020 The nouveau riche in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and increasingly in Thailand and Macau, are paying exorbitant prices to dine on wagyu. The Economist, "Sperm wail Japan tries to stop foreigners copying its cows," 19 Mar. 2020 Valerie Alston-Hold, a black professor with a musically gifted, biracial son, objects when her neighbors, the nouveau riche white family the Whitmans, raze the lot next door to build a showplace. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "5 books not to miss: ‘My Dark Vanessa,’ Hilary Mantel’s ‘The Mirror & the Light’," 7 Mar. 2020 In her cartoon universe, men were often nouveau riche posers. New York Times, "Claire Bretécher, Satirical French Cartoonist, Dies at 79," 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of nouveau riche

circa 1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nouveau riche

borrowed from French, literally, "newly rich"

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The first known use of nouveau riche was circa 1796

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10 Jan 2021

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“Nouveau riche.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nouveau riche

disapproving : a person who has recently become rich and who likes to spend a lot of money

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