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ritzier; ritziest

Definition of ritzy

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.

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I don't appreciate your ritzy advice about whom I “should” associate with.
Recent Examples on the Web Director Park is surrounded by ritzy restaurants and boutique stores. oregonlive, "Homeless advocates sue Portland over permit limiting meals served in city parks," 28 Nov. 2019 Leon's biggest on-screen conflict after three episodes is annoyance that his new life on house arrest keeps him from his favorite ritzy Italian restaurant. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Why Fox's 'Almost Family' angers some children of an infamous Indiana fertility doctor," 25 Aug. 2017 Buttigieg, who had been feuding with Warren for weeks over his past work at the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. and his ritzy campaign fundraisers, has announced an aggressive campaign schedule through the central and western part of the state. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Biden poised to benefit from ugly 'liar' fight between Warren and Sanders," 16 Jan. 2020 One sighting briefly prompted the lockdown of two schools Thursday in the ritzy Lincoln Park neighborhood. CBS News, "Coyote caught in Chicago, second on the loose after attacks," 10 Jan. 2020 Over the past few years, Los Cabos—and particularly Cabo San Lucas—has welcomed a plethora of new ritzy resorts, shedding its reputation as a spring break destination for a more polished beach getaway catering to well-heeled jet-setters. Christina Liao, Vogue, "Here’s Where to Travel in 2020," 27 Dec. 2019 The case helped spotlight the way the state’s juvenile justice system punished — or did not punish — teens repeatedly accused of stealing cars from ritzy suburban neighborhoods. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Hartford teen, serial car thief caught in stolen car for third time in 5 months, police say," 4 Dec. 2019 The Wagoneer will probably target less ritzy and possibly slightly smaller vehicles like the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon/Yukon XL. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "New Jeep SUVs, including a military Gladiator, come at crucial time for FCA," 10 Nov. 2019 The incident began when two people tried to rob a jewelry store on the ritzy Miracle Mile in Coral Gables in Miami-Dade County at about 4:15 p.m., police said. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "Chase and shootout involving hijacked UPS truck in Florida leads to multiple deaths," 6 Dec. 2019

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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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15 Feb 2020

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“Ritzy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ritziness. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ritzy

informal : very fashionable and expensive often in a showy way

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