Definition of nouveau pauvre in English:

nouveau pauvre

noun

  • A person who has recently become poor. Also with the: such people as a class (treated as plural).

adjective

  • Of a person or group of people: recently impoverished.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Atlantic Monthly. From French nouveau new + pauvre poor [noun¹], after nouveau riche [adjective] French nouveau pauvre is apparently not attested until the 1930s, and the English probably represents an independent formation.

Pronunciation

nouveau pauvre

/ˌnuːvəʊ ˈpəʊvrə/