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[glits] /glɪts/ Slang.
ostentatious glitter or sophistication:
a cocktail lounge noted for its glitz.
verb (used with object)
to add a showy sophistication to (often followed by up):
They glitzed up the lobby with a couple of fountains and a birdcage.
Origin of glitz
1970-75; perhaps blend of glitter and ritz Unabridged
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Examples from the web for glitz
  • Don't let the glitz of this year's bowl games fool you.
  • Under the glitz and glamour, looks really are everything.
  • Greg will be relaying all the glitz, glamour and barking going on during the celebration.
  • At times that telling of stories goes along with glitz and flash and high powered special effects and stage shows.
  • The scenes at industrial conferences and the sordid backroom deals taking place behind the glitz are remarkably convincing.
  • It is not only old folk who are flocking to the global capital of glitz-a boom attracts migrants of all ages.
  • And as long as that's the case, no amount of modern media glitz will make one whit of a difference.
  • She's the one with the striking corn rows but no in-your-face glitz.
  • Not the old-fashioned type, where celebrities are bused in by the gross to glitz up a rally or other political event.
  • Aside from the glitz and glamor, there's a reason so many people visit this city or move here to be part of the action.
British Dictionary definitions for glitz


(slang) ostentatious showiness; gaudiness or glitter
Word Origin
C20: back formation from glitzy
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Word Origin and History for glitz

1977, a back-formation from glitzy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for glitz



High gaudy finish; flashy surface: some optional Hollywood glitz/ applied Vegas and hot tub glitz to the old Jack La Lanne


(also glitz up): the Pirates of Penzance newly glitzed (mid-1970s+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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