Definition of nouveau riche noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

nouveau riche

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noun
BrE BrE//ˌnuːvəʊ ˈriːʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌnuːvoʊ ˈriːʃ//
 
(pl. nouveaux riches
BrE BrE//ˌnuːvəʊ ˈriːʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌnuːvoʊ ˈriːʃ//
 
, the nouveau riche)
(from French, disapproving)
 
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a person who has recently become rich and likes to show how rich they are in a very obvious way Word OriginFrench, literally ‘new rich’.

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