old money


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old money

n.
1. The inherited wealth of established upper-class families.
2. A person, family, or lineage possessing inherited wealth: married old money.

old′ mon′ey


n.
inherited wealth.
[1960–65]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.old money - the inherited wealth of established upper-class familiesold money - the inherited wealth of established upper-class families; "he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth"; "she is the daughter of old money from Massachusetts"
inherited wealth - wealth that is inherited rather than earned
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