piz·​zazz | \ pə-ˈzaz How to pronounce pizzazz (audio) \
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Definition of pizzazz

: the quality of being exciting or attractive: such as

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The idea is that Pop-Tarts adds pizzazz to pretzels, but the ad itself failed to have much spark. Mae Anderson,, "‘Groundhog Day,’ Bill Murray sees shadow once again in Super Bowl ad," 2 Feb. 2020 In their one-of-a-kind Mountain Brook home, Danielle and Bart Yancey celebrate Christmas with pizzazz, panache, and a spectrum of colors that showcase their appreciation for art and beauty, as well as their propensity for hospitality. Andrea Fanning, al, "Mountain Brook homeowners create retro winter wonderland in art-deco home," 14 Dec. 2019 Then, ever the counterpuncher, the President jolted the proceedings with fresh pizzazz by tweeting an attack on Yovanovitch during her live testimony. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, "The Search for Pizzazz at the Impeachment Reality Show," 21 Nov. 2019 And that's just the sort of flash and pizzazz that would make Barbara Bush proud. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Neil and Maria Bush share A Celebration of Reading 2020's partial author lineup at River Oaks party," 17 Dec. 2019 Yet cutting back to the movie reminded viewers that the animated characters still have more pizzazz after 30 years. Hal Boedeker,, "‘Little Mermaid Live!’: Awkward salute to a classic," 6 Nov. 2019 Yet cutting back to the movie reminded viewers that the animated characters still have more pizzazz after 30 years. Hal Boedeker,, "‘Little Mermaid Live!’: Awkward salute to a classic," 6 Nov. 2019 Also in the park are an FBI agent (Jon Hamm) and the ambitious Scruggs (Olivia Wilde), who are a little too on the nose in grousing about the lack of pizzazz in their assignments. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Richard Jewell' missteps turn Clint Eastwood's latest into a great-movie wannabe," 11 Dec. 2019 Celebrity designer Ken Fulk, known for creating spaces with pizzazz and pop, is steering the look of the space., "When Winston Churchill came to town, he stayed here. So did Shirley Temple, Amelia Earhart, and the duke and duchess of Windsor. At present, this important piece of Boston history is primarily hosting layers of plaster dust, exposed drywall, bare floors, and many, many power tools.," 2 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of pizzazz

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pizzazz

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“Pizzazz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pizzazz

informal : a quality or style that is exciting and interesting

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