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Examples of ritzy in a sentence
I don't appreciate your ritzy advice about whom I “should” associate with.
Did You Know?
César Ritz (1850-1918) earned worldwide renown for the luxurious hotels bearing his name opened in London and Paris. (The Ritz-Carlton hotel company is a contemporary descendant of these enterprises.) Although they were by no means the first to cater to high-end clients, Ritz’s hotels quickly earned reputations as symbols of opulence. F. Scott Fitzgerald, a writer who often focused on the fashionably wealthy, titled one of his short stories "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," and the phrase to put on the ritz means "to indulge in ostentatious display." The adjective "ritzy," describing either something fancy or stylish or the haughty attitudes of the wealthy elite, first checked into the English language in 1920.
Origin and Etymology of ritzy
Ritz hotels, noted for their opulence
First Known Use: 1920
RITZY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ritzy for English Language Learners
: very fashionable and expensive often in a showy way
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