A type of person who usually has money, but for some unknown reason is suddenly broke. The opposite of nouveau riche.
Dan: What's your new laptop like?
John: Great, but I checked my bank balance and I'm flat broke.
Dan: I thought you were minted..!?
John: I was, now I'm nouveau pauvre.
by Captainfailure April 02, 2008
Young people graduating in the middle of a recession who have few employment opportunities, live on a budget, but want to live well.

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Most people between the ages of 21 and 29 are Nouveau Pauvre these days.
by nouveau pauvre November 19, 2009

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