Definitions for: Nouveau-riche


[n] a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
[adj] characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position



Webster (1913) Definition: Nou`veau" riche", m., Nouvelle riche Nou`velle"

Synonyms: parvenu, parvenu, parvenue, pretentious, upstart, upstart(a)

See Also: climber, disagreeable person, junior, social climber, unpleasant person




Famous Quotes Containing Nouveau-riche:


I've always wondered why there isn't a great French novel about the German occupation. The nouveau roman authors weren't interested in telling that sort of thing.

-- Manuel Puig (Argentinian Author)

The show I did in England catered to a broad range of people. I like that. I don't want nouveau cult status, though I know we've got that sort of audience in the states.

-- Tracey Ullman (British Comedian)

The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.

-- Salvador Dali (Spanish Artist)

There's a lot to be said for being nouveau riche, and the Reagans mean to say it all.

-- Gore Vidal (American Novelist)

Thank you for making me nouveau riche.

-- Jerry Della Femina (American Businessman)


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