nouveau richenou·veau riche
pl. nou·veaux riches′
a person who has only recently become rich: often connoting tasteless ostentation, lack of culture, etc.
Origin of nouveau richeFr, newly rich
nounpl. nou·veaux riches
One who has recently become rich, especially one who flaunts newly acquired wealth.
Origin of nouveau richeFrench : nouveau, new + riche, rich.
(plural nouveaux riches)
- (pejorative) 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" is sometimes treated as a singular noun with the plural nouveaux riches and sometimes as a plural noun with no separate singular form.