glitz

noun
\ ˈglits How to pronounce glitz (audio) \

Definition of glitz

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: extravagant showiness : glitter, ostentation

glitz

verb
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

Noun

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

During an interview in 2016, Hannan’s CEO office reflected his campaign against glitz. Christopher Leonard, ProPublica, "Rising Profits, Rising Injuries: The Safety Crisis at Koch Industries’ Georgia-Pacific," 8 Aug. 2019 During an interview in 2016, Hannan’s CEO office reflected his campaign against glitz. Fortune, "Rising Profits, Rising Injuries: Koch Industries Faces a Safety Crisis at Georgia-Pacific," 8 Aug. 2019 Clearly, the audience that has been highly engaged with the Trump presidency has had a bad reaction to the assumptions that today's hearings needed to bring glitz or showmanship to the narrative. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Trump's lies are getting bolder and the press is stuck in the middle," 25 July 2019 It’s more enchantingly Gilligan’s Island than secret agent glitz. Norma Meyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "James Bond’s Jamaican roots," 13 June 2019 One leans a little more posh and minimal, while the other is a little bit sportier and sexier—but together, the brand hits just the right amount flashy; a little '80s, with some florals, some bold colors, and a little glitz. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Attico x Re/Done is the Hottest Collaboration of the Summer," 15 May 2019 Sontag was a lifelong champion of difficult art, the kind of art that rewarded years of patient study, the kind of art that was constantly threatened by a society that prized glitz and gloss. Benjamin Moser, Town & Country, "Why Susan Sontag Would Have Hated a Camp-Themed Met Gala," 5 May 2019 The festival also had its share of glitz and glamour with concerts by Middle Eastern mega stars, including Emirati singer Ahlam and Iraqi singer Kazem al-Saher. Washington Post, "Saudi festival showcases green mountains, flower crowns," 30 Aug. 2019 The glitz and glam of Judy Garland’s prolific career didn’t come easy. Mackenzie Nichols, chicagotribune.com, "Renee Zellweger embodies Judy Garland in new ‘Judy’ trailer," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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

Noun

1971, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glitz

Noun

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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glitz

noun

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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