old money

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: people whose families have been rich for a long time
He comes from old money.

old money

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: of, being, or related to people whose families have been rich for a long time
an old money family/neighborhood

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Looks that celebrate vintage or heritage items are also increasingly popular—just look to newstalgia, the old money aesthetic, and the apothecary aesthetic (to name a few) for proof that this old-is-new approach to decor is having a major moment. Maggie Gillette, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Mar. 2023 See More

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