Definition of kitsch
1 : something that appeals to popular or lowbrow taste and is often of poor quality
2 : a tacky or lowbrow quality or condition teetering on the brink of kitsch — Ron Miller
kitschyplay \ˈki-chē\ adjective
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Examples of kitsch in a Sentence
The restaurant is decorated with 1950s furniture and kitsch from old TV shows.
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The décor at Grand Wailea feels natural to the location without feeling too kitsch—and the vast property is pretty much a village in itself, with a shopping center, a variety of dining options and multiple pools to choose from.
Like the dipping toy that gives the bar its name, The Drinkingbird is charmingly retro, with nods to 1960s Americana kitsch in its food, drinks and decor.
Obsession is midwife to genius, and there is something operatic in the visionary kitsch of her golf course, brought to bear via fanatical do-it-yourselfism and attention to detail.
At times the works walked right to the edge of kitsch.
To comply with the state’s demands for social realist art that is synonymous with propagandistic kitsch would be for him a violation of nature itself.
He’s also programmed as a high-culture showoff with a taste for nostalgic kitsch, embodying a repugnant stereotype, the high-culturally effete and seductively evil gay man—
Conceived at the Presidential Prayer Breakfast in 1957 by Shorty Yeaworth, an evangelical filmmaker, the movie was widely viewed as either pure kitsch or an anti-communist metaphor free of religious overtones.
This production’s new designs, by Mark Ryden, are brilliantly and colorfully elaborate, deliberately showing how kitsch can tip over into high art.
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The fashionable clothing label ... kicked off the revival last June..., putting its models in Miranda-inspired swimsuits and marching them through a gantlet of 50 tons of bananas, writes Mac Margolis in Newsweek International (January 2006) of a fabulously kitschy gala commemoration for the late Brazilian singer and actress Carmen Miranda. Since we borrowed kitsch from German in the 1920s, it has been our word for things in the realm of popular culture that dangle, like car mirror dice, precariously close to tackiness. But although things that can be described with kitsch and the related adjective kitschy are clearly not fine art, they may appeal to certain tastes-some folks delight in velvet paintings, plastic flamingos, dashboard hula dancers, and Carmen Miranda revivals!
Origin and Etymology of kitsch
First Known Use: 1925See Words from the same year
KITSCH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of kitsch for English Language Learners
: things (such as movies or works of art) that are of low quality and that many people find amusing and enjoyable
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