\ ˈrit-sē How to pronounce ritzy (audio) \
ritzier; ritziest

Definition of ritzy

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.

Examples of ritzy in a Sentence

I don't appreciate your ritzy advice about whom I “should” associate with.
Recent Examples on the Web Damage and losses from looters over the summer also hurt ritzy locations, including Madison Avenue and downtown Manhattan neighborhoods like Soho. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Madison Avenue’s Prime Retail Properties Sell for Decade-Low Price," 13 Oct. 2020 Charlotte moved up in the world, literally, from the bustling Corso to the ritzy via Gregoriana, up the steep Spanish Steps. Tana Wojczuk, refinery29.com, "Almost 200 Years Ago, This Queer, All-Women Art Collective Took The World By Storm," 6 Aug. 2020 But eventually, Doug finds Brian at his bar and dares him to pick up a ritzy businesswoman (Lisa Banes). Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Uncouth, Cranky and Rude: Movies in 1988 Were a Far Cry From Today," 2 Oct. 2020 Airports have taken home the top prize before, including the ritzy toilets at Fort Smith Regional Airport in Arkansas and the luxurious restrooms at Minneapolis-St. Dallas News, "Do stall lights and toilet paper trackers make DFW Airport’s restrooms the nation’s best?," 30 Sep. 2020 Will Smith found his breakout role in the 1990-96 series about a West Philadelphia teen who, after getting into some trouble, moves in with his well-to-do family in the ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'Excited' Will Smith reveals dramatic 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' reboot coming to NBC's Peacock," 9 Sep. 2020 The actor’s allegations of an attack by supporters of President Donald Trump in the ritzy and diverse Streeterville neighborhood seemed odd. Rex Huppke, chicagotribune.com, "Column: In Jussie Smollett case, special prosecutor finds Kim Foxx misled public. That’s unacceptable.," 17 Aug. 2020 On Monday, a mansion party with over 100 guests on Los Angeles' ritzy Mulholland Drive turned deadly when someone opened fire, killing one person and injuring four more. Topher Gauk-roger And Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Los Angeles can cut off power and water at properties hosting parties during the pandemic," 6 Aug. 2020 Robberies, many of them armed, are up 286% in Manhattan’s ritzy Upper East Side. Washington Examiner, "Off-duty NYPD officer beaten and spat on by group of teenagers after identifying himself as law enforcement: Police," 6 Aug. 2020

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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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18 Oct 2020

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“Ritzy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ritzy. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ritzy

informal : very fashionable and expensive often in a showy way

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