\ 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

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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 Amid the glitz and glamour, the actor brought the ceremony down to earth with her sober remarks. Aida Ylanan, Los Angeles Times, "Watch the 6 must-see moments from the 2021 Oscars," 26 Apr. 2021 Lion’s Den, opening Friday, is an attempt to return to old times in the neighborhood: The goal is to bring back the glitz and glamour of Chinatown nightclubs from the 1950s and ’60s, when venues drew celebrities as famous as Frank Sinatra. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. Chinatown is getting a splashy new nightclub Friday, a throwback to '50s-era glamour," 11 Mar. 2021 One is excitement over having a rock star owner who would bring style and some glitz to the franchise. Star Tribune, "Minnesota United is only getter better," 17 Apr. 2021 Not many know what to expect, save for the dissonance of glitz and glamour against the backdrop of a nation decimated by illness and economic downturn. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "Why do the Oscars matter?," 16 Apr. 2021 But all hasn’t been glitz and glam through the years. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Investor hoped to restore Western town in McKinney that hosted ‘Playboy’ shoots and was a movie set," 16 Apr. 2021 Glenn Close spends her days lately far removed from the glitz and glam of New York and Los Angeles. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, "Glenn Close finds a common humanity with her larger-than-life Mamaw character," 12 Apr. 2021 Darcelle XV has been entertaining with Las Vegas-style cabaret revues filled with glitz, glamour, and comedy for 50 years. oregonlive, "5 things to do this week: Darcelle XV drive-in, Beaverton Symphony, and Portland Art Museum reopens," 7 Apr. 2021 As dawn breaks, the night will come back to me in memory Polaroids—the glitz, the grime, and my eyes in the bathroom mirror. Raven Smith, Vogue, "On Katy Perry's Bathroom Selfie and Forgotten Pleasure of Going Out-Out," 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Best of all, the packaging looks like a glitzed-up Christmas cookie. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Exclusive: Here's Every Single Item in M.A.C.'s Holiday Collection," 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, "Soccer’s Super League Threat Isn’t Going Away," 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, "2018 Nissan Pathfinder," 22 Mar. 2018 Thanks to the Grammys, the start of the week looked very luxe and glitzed up on Instagram. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The 15 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Beyoncé Shows Some Leg, Lupita Nyong’o Designs a Dress," 3 Feb. 2018 Somerville, too, glitzed up in figure-flattering red sequins. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "11 Women of Distinction honorees put their most fashionable and philanthropic feet forward," 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, "Have Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Rihanna Desensitized the Nipple?," 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, "Jerusalem as a Place of Desire and Death, at the Metropolitan Museum," 22 Sep. 2016

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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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9 May 2021

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“Glitz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of glitz

often disapproving : a very fancy and attractive quality that is associated with rich or famous people

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