\ 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.

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I don't appreciate your ritzy advice about whom I “should” associate with.

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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 Yes, Karla Ramirez co-owns a ritzy San Antonio nightclub. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Bravo’s ‘Texicanas’ more puro San Antonio than you think," 4 June 2019 The Dormy in ritzy Gangnam-gu offers a multicultural buffet and their own Korean-style spa, with prices starting at $120. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "The 10 Best Vacations You Can Take With Your Tax Refund," 18 Mar. 2019 Moreover, the most expensive places — the ritzy waterfront mansions — may be more insulated than others from the ripple effect of climate risk, at least for now. Alex Harris, miamiherald, "The risk of sea level rise is chipping away at Miami home values, new research shows | Miami Herald," 24 Apr. 2018 While the location may be ritzy, Gvasalia’s main objective is presenting Balenciaga products in a straightforward manner without too many bells and whistles. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "The First Demna-Designed US Balenciaga Store is as Off the Wall as Expected," 6 June 2017 Hundreds of thousands of dollars, career growth, and a holiday home in a mansion in one of the ritziest parts of the country with the woman who gave you life. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "Lorelai Gilmore Is Seriously The Worst," 5 Dec. 2016

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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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