razz·​ma·​tazz | \ ˌraz-mə-ˈtaz How to pronounce razzmatazz (audio) \

Definition of razzmatazz

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English speakers are fond of forming new words through reduplication of a base word, usually with just a slight change of sound. Think of okeydoke, fuddy-duddy, super-duper, roly-poly, fiddle-faddle, and dillydally. Another word is razzle-dazzle, formed by the reduplication of dazzle (itself a frequentative of daze). In the late-19th century, the spirit that prompted razzle-dazzle (one early meaning of which is "a state of confusion or hilarity") seems to have also inspired razzmatazz. The coiners of razzmatazz may also have had jazz in mind. Some of the earliest turn-of-the century uses of razzmatazz refer to rag-time or early jazz styles. By the mid-20th century, we'd come round to the "razzle-dazzle" sense, though we still haven't completely settled on the spelling. You might, for example, see razzamatazz.

Examples of razzmatazz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, travelers are looking for a break from reality more than ever, and the high-tech razzmatazz of the new mega-resorts is just the latest take on the escapist tradition. Tony Perrottet, Travel + Leisure, 24 Apr. 2022 Showing only presentations, owing to the pandemic, there's a feeling that Van Noten's inspirations would benefit from the energy and razzmatazz of returning to the runway. Thomas Adamson, USA TODAY, 3 Mar. 2022 We're swept up in the razzmatazz and showmanship, making believers of us all. Thomas Page, CNN, 19 Sep. 2021 On this smaller scale, Montes has nicely compensated with softer, more poignant imagery — the newly enslaved being stripped of their possessions is a particularly evocative touch — but all the razzmatazz is still missed. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 2 Oct. 2021 The razzmatazz was lost last September during a largely virtual ceremony, but celebrities churned out looks to remember. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Sep. 2021 There was a time when razzmatazz had no part in the proceedings. New York Times, 2 June 2021 This year’s four-day, online-only gala was low on video game razzmatazz. Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021 The gravity and the razzmatazz can each have their say, in their own style, instead of fighting for dominance and airtime, and losing jointly. New York Times, 2 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of razzmatazz

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for razzmatazz

probably alteration of razzle-dazzle

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“Razzmatazz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/razzmatazz. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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