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[rit-see] /ˈrɪt si/
adjective, ritzier, ritziest. Slang.
swanky; elegant; posh:
a ritzy neighborhood; a ritzy hotel.
Origin of ritzy
1915-20, Americanism; see ritz, -y1
Related forms
ritzily, adverb
ritziness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ritzy
  • Their vast inventory is mind boggling and includes ritzy gift baskets that make luxurious presents.
  • If you live near a park or in a ritzy part of town, you may be more inclined to walk than to hop in a cab or train.
  • Bedbugs can be found anywhere from ritzy high-rises to homeless shelters.
  • Set throughout the city from the bustling downtown to ritzy, upper-crust neighborhoods.
  • The management building's lobby could be a ritzy hotel atrium, replete with marble staircases and chandeliers.
  • The interior features white linens, dark wood trim and ritzy chandeliers.
  • In the world of ritzy real estate, deals are soaring.
  • You'll have your choice of several ritzy hotels, along with a huge variety of dining options and nightlife venues.
  • He shut out the press, cloistered his family in ritzy enclaves, abhorred distractions.
  • It had become a forum for ritzy parties, not a place to achieve any good for the world.
British Dictionary definitions for ritzy


adjective ritzier, ritziest
(slang) luxurious or elegant
Derived Forms
ritzily, adverb
ritziness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ritzy

1920, from ritz + -y (2). Related: Ritziness.

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


  1. Elegant; luxurious; classy, posh, swank: The ritziest dance hall was the Haymarket
  2. Haughty; supercilious; stuck-up (1920+)

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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