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Definition of "old money" []

  • The inherited wealth of established upper-class families. (noun)
  • A person, family, or lineage possessing inherited wealth: married old money. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "old money" in a sentence
  • "Everything about his appearance reeked arrogance, elitism, Town and Country Parties Page, debutantes dressed in monogrammed sweaters and pearls with names like Babs, dry martinis at the clubhouse, stuffy old money — his fine blond hair, his pretty-boy patrician face, his lily-white complexion, his snotty Exeter accent."
  • "In fact, he had interests in just about anything that might ensure the Merciers' old money was regularly replenished with injections of new money."
  • "Well, maybe old money was allowed a little shabbiness."
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