\ ˈglits How to pronounce glitz (audio) \

Definition of glitz

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: extravagant showiness : glitter, ostentation


glitzed; glitzing; glitzes

Definition of glitz (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

Other Words from glitz


glitziness \ ˈglit-​sē-​nəs \ noun
glitzy \ ˈglit-​sē How to pronounce glitz (audio) \ adjective

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: Noun These items, especially Irwin Crocker Fagan’s emerald bracelet, would certainly bring some of the glitz of the Roaring Twenties into this century. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 9 May 2022 Hope that an invisible team populated by players with no resumes and few options can dominate in a tournament of glitz. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2022 Don't miss a moment of the glitz and glamour at this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 25 Feb. 2022 CNN)It was a night of glitz and glamor as Nigeria's movie industry stars, known as Nollywood, strutted the red carpet on Wednesday at the launch of Netflix's first Nigerian Original series, Blood Sisters. Nimi Princewill, CNN, 5 May 2022 As to be expected, the fashion icon fully redesigned the residence, adding plenty of his signature glitz and glamor. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 2 May 2022 This classic takes us into the iconic New York ballroom culture of the 80s, in all its glitz, glamour and drama. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 26 Apr. 2022 The Oscars worked mightily to encourage a return to the good old days of movie-watching and Hollywood glitz Sunday night. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 As per usual, everything from the glitz and glamour to the styles and trends at the annual fashion week show for A/W 22 didn't disappoint. Marykate Boylan, Town & Country, 25 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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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First Known Use of glitz


1971, in the meaning defined above


1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glitz


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

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21 May 2022

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“Glitz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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