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  1. ostentatious glitter or sophistication: a cocktail lounge noted for its glitz.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to add a showy sophistication to (often followed by up): They glitzed up the lobby with a couple of fountains and a birdcage.
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Origin of glitz

1970–75; perhaps blend of glitter and ritz
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British Dictionary definitions for glitz


  1. slang ostentatious showiness; gaudiness or glitter
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Word Origin

C20: back formation from glitzy
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Word Origin and History for glitz


1977, a back-formation from glitzy.

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