ritzier; ritziest
1
2
: impressively or ostentatiously fancy or stylish : fashionable, posh
a ritzy nightclub
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 1920.

Example Sentences

I don't appreciate your ritzy advice about whom I “should” associate with.
Recent Examples on the Web Notables from European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen to actor Idris Elba are gathering in the ritzy Alpine town this week to talk about global issues ranging from war to climate change and technology's effects on security. Jamey Keaten, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Jan. 2023 Notables from European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen to actor Idris Elba are gathering in the ritzy Alpine town this week to talk about global issues ranging from war to climate change and technology's effects on security. Jamey Keaten, ajc, 17 Jan. 2023 The sudden disappearance of Walshe, a Serbian immigrant who worked at ritzy hotels and in high-end real estate, has sparked national attention. Dugan Arnett, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Jan. 2023 There is also a ritzy 730-square-cmeter, six-bedroom private villa located in nearby in Mezzegra and available to be rented weekly by groups, families, or couples who desire privacy and tranquility. Bridget Arsenault, Forbes, 18 Dec. 2022 In a ritzy Albuquerque ballroom just 24 hours before his team’s bowl game, BYU head coach Kalani Sitake went on stage in front of donors, fans and sponsors and felt the need to defend the record. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Dec. 2022 Tickets to the ritzy gala, according to The Associated Press, run upward of $30,000. Haris Alic, Fox News, 8 Dec. 2022 Adding to the disaster is the bland and lifeless story where Kevin is now staying in the ritzy mansion of his dad's new girlfriend. Keith Langston, EW.com, 8 Dec. 2022 But his weekends are filled with the kind of ritzy athletic pursuits that fuel his brand. Rory Satran, WSJ, 3 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Ritz hotels, noted for their opulence

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ritzy was in 1920

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“Ritzy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ritzy. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

ritzy

adjective
ritzier; ritziest
1
: very fashionable
2
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