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: extravagant showiness : glitter, ostentation
glitzy adjective


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glitzed; glitzing; glitzes

transitive verb

: to make flashy or extravagant in appearance
often used with up
she got glitzed up for the party

Examples of glitz in a Sentence

Noun She grew tired of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood life. The casino was all glitz.
Recent Examples on the Web
Khabouth said Hollywood party planners removed holds on his venues around Bell Lightbox like Byblos, Figo, Clio, Rebel and Patria precisely because Hollywood A-listers are key drivers of the glitz and glamour of TIFF events that his longstanding movie industry clients host. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Aug. 2023 The old haunt was entirely reimagined by Martin Brudnizki and recalls the glitz and glamor of the 1930s with a vintage palladium leaf ceiling, original Cecil Beaton drawings, antique mirrors, and velvet furniture. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 2 July 2023 His answers typically are straightforward — lacking gloss and glitz — a football coach sounding like a football coach. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2023 Fans will be able to watch glitz and glamor during Gaga’s Lady Gaga: Jazz & Piano. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 1 Sep. 2023 The Venice Film Festival kicked off its 80th edition Wednesday night on a somewhat muted note, with the dual Hollywood strikes casting a pall over the glitz and glamour that typically exemplify the world’s oldest cinema fest. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Aug. 2023 The Met Gala, hosted by Vogue’s Anna Wintour, is the hottest ticket on the planet, one of the most coveted invitations in the world, an annual extravaganza that lights up the globe in a blaze of glitz and glamour. Emil Wilbekin, Essence, 21 Aug. 2023 Toeing the line between authenticity and self-preservation, Mock takes us through her dating woes, roommate drama, and the glitz of being a rising star. Brea Baker, ELLE, 18 Aug. 2023 Richards plays her glamorous neighbor who exercises in high heels and writes Wade a letter on a typewriter in a gown — leaning into the glitz of her reality TV show. Ilana Kaplan, Peoplemag, 10 Aug. 2023
Best of all, the packaging looks like a glitzed-up Christmas cookie. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, 7 Oct. 2019 Then in 1998, a Brazilian firm approached Europe’s elite with an idea for a new midweek tournament, which only succeeded in annoying UEFA and forcing them to glitz up the Champions League. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 12 Nov. 2018 Leather is available in SL and Platinum trims, and the Platinum features some wood trim that glitzes up the place. Michael Simari, Car and Driver, 22 Mar. 2018 Thanks to the Grammys, the start of the week looked very luxe and glitzed up on Instagram. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 3 Feb. 2018 Somerville, too, glitzed up in figure-flattering red sequins. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, 29 Jan. 2018 For Fall 2017, Lexi Boling walked for Calvin Klein in a sheer peach top paired with elegant polished trousers, while a model at Adam Selman showed off her nipples in a glitzed-up T-shirt. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 31 July 2017 And finally, out-glitzing everything else, one of the most spectacular reliquaries of the European Middle Ages is here. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2016 See More

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Word History



perhaps modification of German glitzern to glitter, from Middle High German glitzen; akin to Old Norse glitra to glitter

First Known Use


1971, in the meaning defined above


1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glitz was in 1956

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Cite this Entry

“Glitz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a great showiness
the glitz and glamour of show business

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