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ritzier; ritziest

Definition of ritzy

1 : snobbish
2 : impressively or ostentatiously fancy or stylish : fashionable, posh a ritzy nightclub

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ritziness noun

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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.

Examples of ritzy in a Sentence

I don't appreciate your ritzy advice about whom I “should” associate with.
Recent Examples on the Web The Person of the Year gala is typically a ritzy industry-insider night at the L.A. Convention Center, where legacy acts like Aerosmith, Dolly Parton and Fleetwood Mac are feted by an all-star lineup of musicians. Los Angeles Times, "Absent its marquee Grammy event, MusiCares turns to BTS for fundraising sizzle," 10 Mar. 2021 One patch of its reserve is in Kitsilano, a ritzy part of Vancouver. The Economist, "How a Canadian indigenous group could outwit NIMBYs," 27 Mar. 2021 Over the summer, vandalism and looting kept many visitors away and caused a number of shops to board up their windows, leaving the ritzy district marred by vacant or barricaded storefronts. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Manhattan’s Blighted SoHo District Showing New Signs of Life," 11 Mar. 2021 One truth of New York is that more great art has been made below the basement line—or at least at street level, in makeshift bars and speakeasies—than in grand concert halls and ritzy aeries. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Saving Birdland—and Jazz History," 4 Mar. 2021 Right by the water and the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio is a ritzy SF neighborhood that tends to be quieter and more residential. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, "San Francisco Travel Guide," 2 Mar. 2021 Although the male characters were slightly less ritzy, Nieddu also went custom for the characters of Jimmy Fletcher (Trevante Rhodes) and Harry Anslinger (Garrett Hedlund), creating 30 suits in all for them. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, "Re-creating Billie Holiday’s iconic style was about finding and enhancing her essence," 23 Feb. 2021 Instead of slapping his name on high-end hotels and ritzy golf resorts, experts say Trump may try to generate revenue through speaking engagements or producing a podcast that would appeal to his political supporters. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, "What will become of the Trump brand after he leaves office?," 15 Jan. 2021 Even ritzy areas, such as SoHo, Tribeca, and the West Village, reported increases in robberies in recent weeks when compared to data from 2019. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "New York City chain stores shutter as lockdowns kill businesses and New Yorkers flee," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of ritzy

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ritzy

Ritz hotels, noted for their opulence

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22 Apr 2021

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“Ritzy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ritzy. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ritzy

informal : very fashionable and expensive often in a showy way

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