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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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 TikTok’s editing suite allows for similar videos, but with even more pizzazz. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "In defense of TikTok, the joyful, slightly cringe-inducing spiritual successor to Vine," 5 Nov. 2018 Harry Bicket’s incisive conducting gave the score its trademark pizzazz as well as moments of sheer beauty. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "Staging Reimagined Stories in New Mexico," 6 Aug. 2018 This trendy bar still believes in the nouvelle style of molecular pizzazz. Seth Shezi, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Bars in Cape Town," 13 Sep. 2018 And pretty much its only sauce, as the restaurant favors fresh, bright Southern Italian and French cuisine, thoughtfully paired with a dining experience that’s packed with understated pizzazz. Vogue, "The New Crew: The Founders of King Restaurant in New York City’s West Village," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of pizzazz

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pizzazz

origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of pizzazz

informal : a quality or style that is exciting and interesting

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