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[rits] /rɪts/
ostentatious or pretentious display.
verb (used with object)
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
First recorded in 1925-30; after the sumptuous hotels founded by César Ritz (died 1918), Swiss entrepreneur Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • ritz, innkeeper who made hotels in which we all would like to stop, but cannot.

  • 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 Pemberton Ginther
  • The only thing I learnt was that she was staying at the "ritz."

  • At about four o'clock, when we returned to the ritz, Coralie was baffled.

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • And greatly exhilarated, I decided to go and lunch with Maurice at the ritz.

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
British Dictionary definitions for ritz


put on the ritz, to assume a superior air or make an ostentatious display
Word Origin
from the luxury hotels created by the Swiss hotelier César Ritz (1850–1918)
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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.

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