A spoiled brat (alternatively spelled spoilt brat) is a child who believes that they are superior to others around them, usually as a result of their parents and/or other educators systematically failing to teach socially acceptable behavior and discipline. The term also carries the connotation of the child's being privileged, as well as seldom being subjected to consequences of his or her actions. However, a child could be perfectly behaved and still be called a brat in a derogatory manner.
The stereotypical spoiled brat is a child that comes from a rich or well-to-do family. In fiction there are also stereotypical exterior characteristics. In popular culture, they are often portrayed as being "princess-like" or using stereotypical images of cheerleaders, "popular kids" and Valley Girls.
During the Cold War France was recovering its wealth and began large economic reforms from the aftermath of World War II. Because of this, the term enfant gâté (spoiled child) is quite common there. The term is mainly used for those French who were born at the time when France had recovered a lot of its economy and wealth, and for their children, who make up most of the underage population of France today. In Dutch, verwend nest (verwend means spoiled) only applies to girls.