Definition of novus homo in English:

novus homo


  • A man who has recently risen from insignificance to a position of importance or higher social standing.


Late 16th century. From classical Latin novus homō, lit. ‘new man’ from novus + homō man. Originally used in the Rome of the late Republic (and possibly earlier) of the first man in a family to enter the senate, or the first man of senatorial family to reach the consulship, or more especially (and most frequently) of a man from a non-senatorial family who reached the consulship.


novus homo

/ˌnəʊvəs ˈhəʊməʊ//ˌnəʊvəs ˈhɒməʊ/