nouveau riche

[ noo-voh reesh; French noo-voh reesh ]SEE DEFINITION OF nouveau riche
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What I didn't tell you is that we're nouveau riche—no class at all.

A case of nouveau riche retaining their old habits while their palace was being built.

One saw it was not the over-dressing of the nouveau riche, but the rather old-world dandyism of a past generation.

But the demi-god has always much of the nouveau riche about him, and a gentleman is, after all, an exquisite product.

One dozen bonbon dishes, five nouveau riche sugar shakers (we never use them), three muffineers—in heaven's name, what's that?

Tiglath then begins to boast about his gorgeous new residence with all the vulgarity of a nouveau riche.

They buy their dresses at a place called Kress-Worth and look like Paris nouveau riche.

"Nouveau riche," thought Drusilla Browne, looking up from her own letters.

We belong to that despised class, 'nouveau riche,' therefore we are extremely short on noted ancestors and relics and things.

Of course there is the question of social standing—a very important matter with some parents of the "nouveau riche" type.

WORD ORIGIN

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

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