glitz

noun
\ ˈglits \

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 \ 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

While premieres shed their glitz, there were few reports of industry production affected by the wildfire that has killed two and destroyed more than 400 homes. Lynn Elber, The Seattle Times, "Red-carpet fanfare dropped amid deadly California fires," 13 Nov. 2018 While Versace is famous for its over-the-top glitz and signature Italian glamour, Kors is the antithesis of that aesthetic, with a focus on affordable luxury and all-American ready-to-wear collections. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michael Kors Is Reportedly Close to Buying Versace for $2 Billion," 24 Sep. 2018 Bernstein stressed Bacall was far from a recluse and instead, enjoyed her life beyond Hollywood’s glitz and glam. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Leonard Bernstein's daughter says pal Lauren Bacall 'was not a shut-in' after Humphrey Bogart's death in new memoir," 13 Sep. 2018 Surrounded by glitz and excess, Ms. Finley kept her own style understated. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Ruth Finley Set the Schedule for New York’s Fashion World," 31 Aug. 2018 And, of course, there was this year’s visit by Mohammed bin Salman, the country’s emissary to Silicon Valley, who was greeted with glitz and glam at America’s most prominent corporations. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "In the Tesla drama, Saudi Arabia reminds Silicon Valley of its weight," 13 Aug. 2018 For most of us, holiday parties and New Year’s Eve are the only opportunities to really go for it with glitz, glitter, and all-out glamour. Emily Farra, Vogue, "20 Holiday Style Ideas Fresh From the Pre-Fall Collections," 12 Dec. 2018 Of course, music videos aren’t all glitz, glamour, and beauty inspo. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez and Cardi B Team Up for Music Video With DJ Snake and Ozuna," 25 Aug. 2018 Her fear is that by axing the swimsuit competition and revamping the evening wear portion of the event, all the glitz and glamour will be gone, and the viewers will disappear, too. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "No swimsuits? No problem. Miss America needed this reboot," 5 June 2018

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

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

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