\ 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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Other Words from ritzy

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.

Examples of ritzy in a Sentence

I don't appreciate your ritzy advice about whom I “should” associate with.
Recent Examples on the Web In my mountainous small town of Hailey, Idaho – better known as Sun Valley, a ritzy ski town getaway for the upper class – being a local is the golden ticket. The Hunger Coalition, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Come for the shouting matches and the ritzy vacations on the Bravo show, stay for the shady confessionals and rare moments of authenticity. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021 Montage announced its ritzy residences in 2019 with plans to begin sales in early 2020; the pandemic forced the company to hold off for a year. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2021 Last fall he was caught violating his own Covid rules with friends at the ritzy French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 1 Aug. 2021 This sky-high penthouse at the Ritz-Carlton is, well, pretty ritzy. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, 3 Sep. 2021 Emily FitzRoy, a ritzy holiday planner who specializes in Italian vacations, was brought in to ensure the Villa Cetinale party was realistically luxurious. Hunter Harris, Vulture, 30 Aug. 2021 Situated on nearly two acres of land in the ritzy neighborhood of Bel Air, the sprawling manor is surrounded by a stone wall and gates and now boasts an impressive six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and two half-baths. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, 13 Aug. 2021 The 2014 National Book Awards dinner was held at the ritzy Cipriani Wall Street restaurant located in NYC’s financial district. Bernice L. Mcfadden, Longreads, 7 Aug. 2021

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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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“Ritzy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ritzy. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ritzy

: very fashionable and expensive often in a showy way


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