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1Treated as plural. With the. People who have recently acquired wealth, regarded as a class.
2As a count noun: a person with recently acquired wealth. Compare "nouveau riche". Now rare.
Belonging to or characteristic of the new rich; newly wealthy.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in The Monthly Review. From new + rich, after French nouveaux riches.
new rich/ˌnjuː ˈrɪtʃ/
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