Definition of rastaquouère in English:

rastaquouère

noun

rare, depreciative
  • A person (especially one from a Mediterranean or South American country) regarded as a social interloper and frequently considered to be nouveau riche or excessively ostentatious in manners or dress; a foreign upstart.

adjective

rare, depreciative
  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of rastaquouères; of the nature of a rastaquouère.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Mary Braddon (1835–1915), novelist. From French rastaquouère, rastacouère, rastaquère from South American Spanish rastracueros, arrastracueros (also rastracuero, arrastracuero) contemptible person, a nobody, apparently lit. ‘person who crawls or drags himself along naked’ from Spanish arrastrar to drag + cueros, plural of cuero leather, hide.

Pronunciation

rastaquouère

/rastəˈkwɛː/