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)
: a person newly rich : parvenu

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 Daniels captures the swagger and the gauche trappings of the nouveau riche, along with the sense of entitlement common to those who have built their fortunes on the backs of others — and the anger and desperation when something threatens them. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 2 May 2024 Just when they're getting used to being dead, the recently deceased Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena Davis) find their home invaded by nouveau riche boneheads who want to market the house as a haunted tourist trap. Danny Horn,, 6 Oct. 2023 The Mob Wife aesthetic has been characterized as nouveau riche, signaling new wealth and, perhaps, a misguided sense of what to do with it. Aneliza Ruiz, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Park Avenue and its stately high rises for New York City's nouveau riche covered up the eyesore. Kerry J. Byrne Fox News, Fox News, 2 Feb. 2024 For New York’s nouveau riche—a class of millionaires who had made their fortunes in emerging industrial industries like railroads and oil—the velvet curtain was firmly closed. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 30 Oct. 2023 Looked down upon by the New York aristocracy and seeking suitable husbands, five young nouveau riche women high-tail it to London, where they and their financial resources are coveted by title-rich but cash-poor families. Chris Vognar, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2023 The soft life embraces the hallmarks of the nouveau riche; this aligns with Black Americans’ newfound ability to indulge in the high-end retail market in a larger capacity. Taylor Crumpton, Essence, 12 Sep. 2023 Actually, more have migrated to this Texas city, where the oil barons of the J.R. Ewing era are giving way to the young, caviar-bumping nouveau riche. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 22 Aug. 2023

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Word History


borrowed from French, literally, "newly rich"

First Known Use

circa 1796, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nouveau riche was circa 1796

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“Nouveau riche.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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