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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. 2017.
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  • Got to sing my way from a third-floor-back in a side street to a gorgeous suite at the ritz!

    Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • It was behind the Place de Vendome, on the other side from the ritz.

    Anna the Adventuress E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • "That is all the same to me since we cannot be in the fight," remarked ritz.

    Erick and Sally Johanna Spyri
  • ritz, innkeeper who made hotels in which we all would like to stop, but cannot.

  • Would you mind telling me how you know this young lady was going to meet Jimmy at the ritz to-morrow afternoon?

    The Thirteenth Chair Bayard Veiller
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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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