Word: nouveau riche
noun: Someone who has recently acquired wealth, especially one who displays this in an ostentatious fashion.
From French nouveau riche (new rich). Earliest documented use: 1796. A term coined after this is nouveau pauvre (newly impoverished).
“The mainland’s nouveau riche increasingly spend their weekends cruising up and down various waterfronts.”
Emma An; Growing Yacht Industry Has Some Wind in Its Sales; China Daily (Beijing); Jun 15, 2011.
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