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 Beverly Crest, home to the prestigious 90210 code, is home to celebrities, old money and the nouveau riche. Brenda Richardson, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 Gucci’s history is wondrously democratic and marvelously nouveau riche. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2021 That was especially true for the rising postcolonial nouveau riche generation emerging in sub–Saharan Africa. Casey Michel, Rolling Stone, 8 Oct. 2021 Instead, soccer is dominated by its nouveau riche: three clubs that were (relatively) minor until being bought with oil money. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 31 Aug. 2021 The finals will be an odd-couple matchup, between a venerable franchise from hockey’s ancestral homeland and a nouveau riche crew from sunny Florida. New York Times, 26 June 2021 Her critics, and there were many, saw the magazine’s contents as pretentious and its sensibility as nouveau riche, but faithful readers treasured it, and such criticism only fueled Ms. Rense’s determination. New York Times, 2 Jan. 2021 And for their neighbors, the nouveau riche Featheringtons? Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 28 Dec. 2020 Australian winemaker Treasury Wine has for years benefited from quenching the thirst of the nouveau riche in China. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 30 Nov. 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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24 Dec 2021

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“Nouveau riche.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of nouveau riche

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


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