\ˈrit-sē \
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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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 Friday was the first day of the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, one of the ritziest car shows in the world. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Automakers are tapping nostalgia to promote electric cars — and it’s working," 25 Aug. 2018 In the ritzy Bel-Air district of Los Angeles comes a tale of two megamansions: A massive spec home coming to market for $180 million sits right next door to another massive spec home already asking $188 million. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Bel-Air Homes Duel to Become America’s Most Expensive," 17 July 2018 The night finished with a private party at a ritzy karaoke club with a guest list that included famous Russian actors, musicians, Capitals teammates Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov and former Washington center Sergei Fedorov. Isabelle Khurshudyan, chicagotribune.com, "Alex Ovechkin brings the Stanley Cup to his homeland of Russia: 'It was incredible'," 9 July 2018 Among the maze of ritzy restaurants and elegant high-rises, there will soon be produce. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Public market sets up shop in the Seaport," 12 May 2018 The idea was the brainchild of Doyle-Murray, who along with his younger brother, Bill, had spent his teenage summers caddying at some of the ritziest golf clubs along Chicago’s suburban North Shore. Chris Nashawaty, WSJ, "How the ‘Caddyshack’ Revolution Upended Hollywood," 19 Apr. 2018 For a semi-ritzy weekend event, try one of Equipment’s silk shirts in a pale neutral (a thicker crepe version of this shirt will be available in August). Crystal Meers, WSJ, "How to Pack for Summer’s Most (and Least) Stressful Getaways," 10 May 2018 Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood is No. 1, so Louisville is in some pretty ritzy company. 4. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "10 fun (and weird) facts about Louisville you probably didn't know," 18 June 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

: very fashionable and expensive often in a showy way

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