- ostentatious or pretentious display.
- Slang. to treat with condescension; snub: The star ritzed the reporters and got a bad press.
- put on the ritz, Informal. to live in elegance and luxury, especially to make an ostentatious show of one's wealth: They put on the ritz to impress their guests.Also put on the Ritz.
Origin of ritz
Examples from the Web for ritz
I had the privilege of interviewing Mohammed Assaf before he took the stage at The Ritz.Gaza to Jersey: A Star is Born
November 25, 2013
And Truth Revolt plans to bring active pressure to bear on sponsors and advertisers, as it is doing with Ritz and Sharpton.
The first Sharpton sponsor the group is targeting is Ritz Crackers, owned by Chicago-based Mondelez International.
Moments later, Hudson gives the Kaiser yet another gift: a blue teddy bear, which, of course, he got at the Ritz.Karl Lagerfeld Shows His Paternal Side in Carine Roitfeld Documentary
September 3, 2013
“It sounds kind of silly, but I really loved him,” says Ritz, 60.Yes, Ron Paul Has 4,000 Babies
McKay Coppins, Nina Strochlic
January 3, 2012
RITZ, innkeeper who made hotels in which we all would like to stop, but cannot.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
I thought it was to be at the Ritz and we've been hanging about there for a dog's age.Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge
The only thing I learnt was that she was staying at the "Ritz."An Onlooker in France 1917-1919
At about four o'clock, when we returned to the Ritz, Coralie was baffled.
And greatly exhilarated, I decided to go and lunch with Maurice at the Ritz.
- put on the ritz to assume a superior air or make an ostentatious display
Word Origin and History for ritz
"high quality, superiority," 1910 (Ritzian, adj., is attested by 1908), in reference to the luxurious Ritz hotels in New York, London, Paris, etc., commemorating Swiss hotelier César Ritz (1850-1918). To put on the ritz "assume an air of superiority" is recorded from 1926. A verb ritz "to behave haughtily" is recorded from 1911.