Definition of nouveau poor in English:

nouveau poor

noun

  • With plural agreement. With the. Recently impoverished people as a class; the nouveau pauvre.

Pronunciation

nouveau poor

/ˌnuːvəʊ ˈpɔː/ /ˌnuːvəʊ ˈpʊə/

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Lincoln (Nebraska) Daily News. From French nouveau + poor, after nouveau riche.