Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. New and different, often fashionably so: "The perfect [Los Angeles] combination: a gas station that is also a nouveau convenience store” ( David Mermelstein).

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  • adj. New, fashionable.

Etymologies

From phrases such as art nouveau.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French nouveau. Recognized as English in 1828. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • To them Palin is a pawn and not even worth the title nouveau riche.

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  • Beaujolais nouveau is little more than a French prank that the Japanese have fallen for hook, line and sinker.

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  • His father, of humble origin, could accurately be described as a nouveau riche.

    Bartolome de las Casas: father of liberation theology

  • The bit I am sitting in is full of what I would call nouveau foot ball fans - remember the Fast Show sketch?

    Third Time Up the Arsenal?

  • They used to be called nouveau riche, then yuppies, then something else - yet now they are so prevalent, what do you call them?

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  • It was he who called the nouveau-riche women of Boca the "Bocahontases" in his popular Sun-Sentinel column while he was still living in West Palm Beach.

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  • Slate runs them all the time; so-called nouveau feminists who slag any female movement in some attempt to sound intelligent and 'realist'.

    Personism

  • The beat doesn't possess the primacy one would imagine from an outfit so associated with disco, the so-called nouveau French touch scene, or anything resembling dance music culture, if there was ever such an animal.

    San Francisco Bay Guardian: Top Stories

  • The Thatcher 'nouveau' class, self-constructed, bloated with conceit, ignorant of civilized codes; an ill-mannered bully desperate to be 'included'.

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  • I say 'nouveau' because I know this may not be as good as New England's chowder.

    Archive 2007-09-01

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