ostentatious glitter or sophistication: a cocktail lounge noted for its glitz.

verb (used with object)

to add a showy sophistication to (often followed by up): They glitzed up the lobby with a couple of fountains and a birdcage.

Nearby words

  1. glitter ice,
  2. glitterati,
  3. glittering,
  4. glittertinden,
  5. glittery,
  6. glitzy,
  7. gliwice,
  8. glière,
  9. glière, reinhold moritzovich,
  10. gln

Origin of glitz

1970–75; perhaps blend of glitter and ritz Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for glitz

British Dictionary definitions for glitz



slang ostentatious showiness; gaudiness or glitter

Word Origin for glitz

C20: back formation from glitzy

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for glitz



1977, a back-formation from glitzy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper