piz·​zazz | \ pə-ˈzaz How to pronounce pizzazz (audio) \
variants: or pizazz

Definition of pizzazz

: the quality of being exciting or attractive: such as
a : glamour

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Other Words from pizzazz

pizzazzy or pizazzy \ pə-​ˈza-​zē How to pronounce pizazzy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pizzazz in a Sentence

The young actress has a lot of pizzazz. The song has plenty of pizzazz.

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What's your favorite straightforward home renovation project to add value and pizzazz to your dwelling? Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "The Property Brothers Swear by This Tip to Instantly Update Your Home's Exterior," 1 July 2019 Suits with pizzazz, especially the double-breasted style, were played up in a big way on the recent European runways. Marques Harper,, "Gender-bending fashion and 5 other menswear trends for spring/summer 2020," 26 June 2019 Nationally recognized gardening expert, TV/radio host and author Melinda Myers will share some strategies for adding color and pizzazz to your summer garden. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Minutes from downtown, a garden wonderland — and you can see it in July," 20 June 2019 Baez, like Story, is an electric player with speed, power and pizzazz. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies Insider: Trevor Story’s all-star polling reeks of disrespect and blatant ignorance," 20 June 2019 Familiarity isn’t, by definition, a bad thing, particularly if underneath the pizzazz-y veneer of a stage musical there is the bedrock of lived-in experience. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Review: Broward Center’s ‘A Bronx Tale’ a well-worn story, done well," 12 June 2019 Her skill and pizzazz during the collegiate-level competition earned her a perfect 10 score, and to date, more than 33.9 million views via the @UCLAGymnastics Twitter account, which shared a clip of the crowd-riling performance. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "5 Things to Know About Katelyn Ohashi, the UCLA Gymnast Whose Floor Routine Just Went Viral," 15 Jan. 2019 These tiles have just enough pizzazz for your kid's bathroom, but true sophistication that won't sacrifice your style. Abby Tabak, House Beautiful, "New Modern, Colorful Tile from Slant Stitch and Erin Adams," 23 Oct. 2013 Then, on Saturday, the Colts used Rounds 4 through 7 to add some offensive pizzazz, with two running backs and two wide receivers who all have immediate opportunities to contribute. Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Colts add offensive pizzazz on Day 3 of draft after building up lines," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pizzazz

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pizzazz

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English Language Learners Definition of pizzazz

informal : a quality or style that is exciting and interesting

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