\ˈglits \

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 \ adjective

Examples of glitz in a Sentence


She grew tired of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood life. The casino was all glitz.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Other than a few quick scenes of Paris Fashion Week shows and awards ceremonies, Westwood is very low on glitz and glam. Elizabeth Wellington,, "This Vivienne Westwood documentary details how the designer built a killer brand on her own potty-mouthed terms," 28 June 2018 The Crew 2 puts players in the jumpsuit of an up-and-coming racer with sights set on all the glitz and glamor of an Instagram celebrity. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Crew 2': Game Review," 27 June 2018 Many tune in for the rhinestones, the glitz, the glamour. Hilary Levey Friedman, Fortune, "Why Banning Swimsuits Won't Fix Miss America," 6 June 2018 Her Majesty donned a traditional ensemble for the service, but swapped out her usual handbag and shoes for something with a tad more glitz in silver. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Queen Elizabeth II Marries Tradition and Fashion for the Order of the Garter Celebration," 18 June 2018 King James abdicated the throne in the Eastern Conference, bolting for the Lakers through free-agency and leaving Cleveland’s grit for Los Angeles’ glitz. David Haugh,, "LeBron James opens door in East — so now the Bulls must re-sign Zach LaVine," 2 July 2018 This year the best looks pointed strongly towards all things super glitz or slinky modern. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "CFDA Awards 2018: The Best Dressed Celebrities on the Red Carpet," 5 June 2018 No matter what, Kay theorizes Meghan will have to wear some glitz and glam. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle's Dad Won't Attend the Royal Wedding," 14 May 2018 Hengdian is not as central to China's film industry as Hollywood is to the U.S. counterpart, and its dreary town center, low-budget shoots and limited nightlife don't lend themselves to glitz and glamour. Jonathan Kaiman,, "China’s largest movie studio is vast, and so is its audience. But filmmakers have to toe the party line," 9 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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English Language Learners Definition of glitz

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

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obstinately defiant of authority

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