\ 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 upshe 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 glitzy (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 And for Vilalta, the racing is just as key as the glitz and glamor. Matt Majendie, CNN, "How moment of 'madness' led to the launch of 'Spanish Royal Ascot'," 12 Dec. 2019 And nothing captures the glitz and glamor of the country quite like the French Riviera. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Places in France," 5 Nov. 2019 The glitz and glamour are palpable, and the photos Rea selected awaken a nostalgia for those golden years of the silver screen. Angela Haupt, Washington Post, "The stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age were avid readers. There are pictures to prove it.," 12 Sep. 2019 Those songs come from the real, gritty side of life, far from any glitz and glamor. Chuck Yarborough,, "Felice Brothers continue to explore social landscape with new album, ‘Undress,’ and a Grog Shop gig," 19 Aug. 2019 Being a part of that moment means more than the glitz of the show itself—weeks of fittings and practice proceed the big night and the ensuing spectacle outside VS headquarters has turned into a popular street style destination. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "For Gigi and Bella Hadid, Third Time’s a Charm at Victoria’s Secret," 8 Nov. 2018 Visit the Adamson House at the edge of the lagoon, which was built in 1929 and shows what life was like before Malibu's present-day glitz. Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Beaches in California, From Surfer-Friendly to Cliffside Views," 6 Mar. 2020 Menton doesn’t have the glitz or glam of Cannes and St. Tropez—and that can be a good thing. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "When Life Gives You Lemons…," 4 Mar. 2020 Long before their split, Lee lived a life far different than the glitz and glam of her life with Cuomo. Rachel Desantis,, "Everything to Know About Sandra Lee Amid Split with Gov. Andrew Cuomo," 26 Sep. 2019 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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The first known use of glitz was in 1956

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22 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glitz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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