- (UK, Anglicised) IPA(key): /ˌnuː.vəʊ ˈɹiːʃ/
- (US, Anglicised) IPA(key): /ˌnu.voʊ ˈɹiʃ/, /ˌnu.voʊ ˈɹɪtʃ/
- Rhymes: -ɪtʃ
- (derogatory) New money; wealthy persons whose fortunes are newly acquired, and who are therefore perceived to lack the refinement of those who were raised wealthy.
- 1873, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, chapter VII, in The Parisians, book III:
- You must find your opening at Paris. I wish you to spend a year in the capital, and live, not extravagantly, like a nouveau riche, but in a way not unsuited to your rank, and permitting you all the social advantages that belong to it.
Usage notes edit
nouveau riche is sometimes treated as a singular noun with the plural nouveaux riches and sometimes as a plural noun with no separate singular form.
Derived terms edit
new money: wealthy persons whose fortunes are newly acquired, and who are therefore perceived to lack the refinement of those who were raised wealthy
nouveau riche (not comparable)
- Newly rich; like a nouveau riche.
- 1899, Edith Wharton, “A Cup of Cold Water”, in The Greater Inclination:
- Her supreme charm was the simplicity that comes of taking it for granted that people are born with carriages and country-places: it never occurred to her that such congenital attributes could be matter for self-consciousness, and she had none of the nouveau riche prudery which classes poverty with the nude in art and is not sure how to behave in the presence of either.