\ ˈrit-sē How to pronounce ritzy (audio) \
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.

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I don't appreciate your ritzy advice about whom I “should” associate with.

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The Dormy in ritzy Gangnam-gu offers a multicultural buffet and their own Korean-style spa, with prices starting at $120. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "The 10 Best Vacations You Can Take With Your Tax Refund," 18 Mar. 2019 Moreover, the most expensive places — the ritzy waterfront mansions — may be more insulated than others from the ripple effect of climate risk, at least for now. Alex Harris, miamiherald, "The risk of sea level rise is chipping away at Miami home values, new research shows | Miami Herald," 24 Apr. 2018 While the location may be ritzy, Gvasalia’s main objective is presenting Balenciaga products in a straightforward manner without too many bells and whistles. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "The First Demna-Designed US Balenciaga Store is as Off the Wall as Expected," 6 June 2017 Hundreds of thousands of dollars, career growth, and a holiday home in a mansion in one of the ritziest parts of the country with the woman who gave you life. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "Lorelai Gilmore Is Seriously The Worst," 5 Dec. 2016 Some luxury brands want to own rather than rent boutiques on the world’s ritziest shopping streets. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Luxury Companies Want to Buy Rodeo Drive," 7 Feb. 2019 The Shinobi at Kaido Opened on December 1, Kaido—tucked into Miami’s now very ritzy Design District—has got serious heat behind it. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "The Best New Drinks to Try in Miami During Art Basel," 3 Dec. 2018 Kayak & Snorkel Maui Kayak Adventures launches two-man boats from Makena Landing, located a few minutes down the road from the ritzy resort enclave of Wailea. Sunset, "The Best Maui Activities on the Water," 22 Jan. 2018 To those of us who attended a ritzy D.C. private school, however, Gorsuch’s and Kavanaugh’s shared alma mater came as a different kind of shock. Jason Zengerle, Town & Country, "Brett Kavanaugh and the Private School Pecking Order," 16 Oct. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of ritzy

informal : very fashionable and expensive often in a showy way

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