piz·​zazz | \ pə-ˈzaz \
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 \ 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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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 Majima Everywhere made up for a similar lack of pizzazz in Yakuza Kiwami by causing its title character to ambush Kiryu in increasingly bizarre ways. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Review: Yakuza Kiwami 2 gets cleaned up for PS4," 28 Aug. 2018 But glitz and glamor, pizzazz and polish aren't enough to sustain a career. Chuck Yarborough,, "Pink's evolution likely will be on full display at The Q," 23 Mar. 2018 Difficulties the district has, for the most part, overcome thanks to its strength, pizzazz and technical values. Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle, "Test your knowledge of Pearland area history," 19 June 2018 The Minute Maid pitcher's mound was graced with a bit of pizzazz during the ceremonial first pitch at the Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays game on June 25, 2018. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Miss Texas, Houston real estate mogul Logan Lester, throws out first pitch at Astros game," 26 June 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

: a quality or style that is exciting and interesting

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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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