\ 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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As sunset falls, the leisurely tour chugs east along the Tarpon River and slices northeast along Las Olas’s ritzy finger islands (aka Millionaire’s Row) before bending north along the Intracoastal Waterway. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Hop on: Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi’s wine and beer cruises setting sail for happy hour," 12 Aug. 2019 The lifeguard and surfer, discovered while working as a bell hop at a ritzy Long Island resort, flipped the switch from anonymity to fame and back without hesitation. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: SoCal sportfishing industry pulls for musician, model, author, animal lover Gary Shiebler," 9 Aug. 2019 Atlantic had put Hawkins, Oldham and Johnson up at New York's ritzy Hampshire House hotel. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Swampers drum legend’s hot beats and cold winter," 7 Aug. 2019 Guzmán cycled through a number of safe houses in ritzy neighborhoods where the police would be less likely to search for him. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "A Jagged Scrap of History," 24 June 2019 That's because ritzier neighborhoods contain more green spaces, which provide habitat for the animals. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "Why birds prefer wealthy neighborhoods in South Africa," 3 June 2019 The Motown Museum's past fundraising galas typically have been exclusive, ritzy affairs, often featuring the likes of Wonder and Smokey Robinson. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Motown Weekend to cap anniversary year with concert, gospel, golf: Full details here," 23 June 2019 Stadium Goods, a mostly online market for the resale of high-end sneakers, plans to open a two-level store at 60 E. Walton St., around some of Chicago’s ritziest retail shops, according to sources. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "Next up in the swanky Gold Coast: secondhand sneakers," 13 June 2019 The California tech hubs of San Jose and San Francisco lead the list, along with leisurely, ritzy Napa. USA Today, "'Can't pay their bills with love': For many teaching jobs, teachers' pay can't cover rent," 5 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of ritzy

informal : very fashionable and expensive often in a showy way

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