\ 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 This generated enough cash to allow Carlino to build or acquire the top casinos in St. Louis, Kansas City, Baton Rouge, and Columbus, all of them infused with the same aspirational glitz as the one in West Virginia. Adam Seessel, Fortune, "Valuation: Casino stocks got clobbered by COVID-19. This one is now an attractive bet," 18 Oct. 2020 For all the glitz of its PR campaign—despite the roller derby girls, the box truck on the Vegas Strip, the speaking tour, and all the rest—the Osé Robotic Massager itself remained elusive. Lux Alptraum, Wired, "One Woman’s High-Touch Bid to Upend the Sex-Toy Industry," 16 Oct. 2020 Its decline has been mirrored by the fortunes of its professional soccer team, which now sits four divisions below the glitz and glamour of the English Premier League. NBC News, "Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds looks to buy struggling Welsh soccer club," 24 Sep. 2020 The glitz and the glamour of the Emmys are coming to homes across the U.S. in a new way on Sunday, and EW will be there with you to toast the best and brightest on television's biggest night. Rosy Cordero,, "Watch EW and PEOPLE's 'Emmys Red Carpet Live: At Home!'," 18 Sep. 2020 Since the Brera’s in Milan, Italy’s fashion capital, there’s more emphasis on style, even glitz, than, say, at the Paestum archeological site. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Reforms Boost Italian Museums," 12 Sep. 2020 The event, which opens Monday and closes Thursday night with Trump’s acceptance speech at the White House, will be a far cry from the glitz of conventions past, primarily because of the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "'Not an easy task': GOP scrambles to finalize plans for convention amid COVID-19, venue changes, Trump input," 22 Aug. 2020 No less than its young protagonists, the film dangerously brushes against the edge of modernity’s enticingly destructive glitz. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“An Easy Girl,” Reviewed: Rebecca Zlotowski’s Brilliant Portrayal of a Teen-ager’s Brush with Glitz," 13 Aug. 2020 That opening night has now been pushed back to May 25, 2021, but avid Princess Diana fans will have a chance to take in all the glitz and glam before that, with the Netflix recording airing before the stage show makes its debut. Ruth Kinane,, "Diana musical will premiere on Netflix ahead of Broadway debut," 12 Aug. 2020 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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23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glitz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 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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