piz·​zazz pə-ˈzaz How to pronounce pizzazz (audio)
variants or pizazz
: the quality of being exciting or attractive: such as
pizzazzy adjective
or pizazzy

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 Mike Coppola/Getty Images The sparkly dress didn’t deter Lively from adding some more pizzazz to her look. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 3 May 2024 These pants feature the same buttery soft, breathable fabric, but with a flared silhouette for extra pizzazz. Kristine Thomason, Travel + Leisure, 3 May 2024 Chop a single pickle spear for garnish and pizzazz. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 19 Mar. 2024 At just $55 Grand and change this 2024 Honda Passport Black Edition is a top tier model with a lot of pizzazz, an attractive combination of energy, style, and comfort to add to your everyday daily commute, without breaking the bank. Tony Leopardo, The Mercury News, 10 Mar. 2024 For patriotic pizzazz, add raspberries or strawberries to the topping. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Feb. 2024 For a little pizzazz, the actor and singer added some funky accessories: a chunky gold chain-link necklace, black-rimmed sunglasses with yellow lenses, and a simple black leather tote. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 1 Feb. 2024 Overusing it not only takes away its pizzazz but also robs other words of their spotlight. Gina Joseph, Hartford Courant, 6 Jan. 2024 Markers: Fine-tip markers make great pen alternatives to add some pizzazz. Medea Giordano, WIRED, 3 Jan. 2024

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pizzazz was in 1937

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Cite this Entry

“Pizzazz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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