ritzier; ritziest
: impressively or ostentatiously fancy or stylish : fashionable, posh
a ritzy boutique
ritziness noun

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César Ritz (1850-1918) earned worldwide renown for the luxurious hotels bearing his name 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 1919.

Examples of ritzy in a Sentence

I don't appreciate your ritzy advice about whom I “should” associate with.
Recent Examples on the Web Located inside the ritzy Thompson Central Park Hotel in Midtown, a Hyatt property, Boram provides moms with help in the form of nourishing foods, therapeutic services, and lactation and recovery assistance. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 4 June 2024 In its more prosperous years, the Philadelphia chapter operated out of a mansion in one of the city’s ritziest suburbs; today, its financial circumstances can be surmised from the size of its storefront church on Ridge Avenue. Emily Harnett, Harper's Magazine, 26 Apr. 2024 Stay like a socialite For a staycation worthy of a socialite, sink into luxury at The Breakers, one of the oldest and ritziest hotel zip codes on the island. Angela Caraway-Carlton, Miami Herald, 16 Apr. 2024 All of those ritzy features—and many more—are covered by a monthly HOA bill that tops $11,800. James McClain, Robb Report, 10 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for ritzy 

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Word History


Ritz hotels, noted for their opulence

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ritzy was in 1919


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“Ritzy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ritzy. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


ritzier; ritziest
: very fashionable

from Ritz, name of a group of elegant hotels

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