Origin of kitsch
Examples from the Web for kitsch
In a show with no shortage of great performances, Kitsch stood out.Alright ‘True Detective,’ You Got Me: Taylor Kitsch Is a Woman’s Man|Teo Bugbee|November 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Daily Beast spoke with Kitsch about his exciting new role, the idiocy of gay-bashing, and much more.Taylor Kitsch on ‘The Normal Heart,’ Homophobic Right-Wingers, and Gays in the Military|Marlow Stern|May 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We already knew Florida was the capital of kitsch, but the Weeki Wachee Mermaid Show just outside Tampa takes it to a new level.
So, Kitsch returned to Vancouver with his head between his legs.
Kitsch began his stint on Friday Night Lights in 2006, and immediately became a fan favorite.
British Dictionary definitions for kitsch
- tawdry, vulgarized, or pretentious art, literature, etc, usually with popular or sentimental appeal
- (as modifier)a kitsch plaster bust of Beethoven
Word Origin for kitsch
Word Origin and History for kitsch
1926, from German kitsch, literally "gaudy, trash," from dialectal kitschen "to smear."
What we English people call ugliness in German art is simply the furious reaction against what Germans call süsses Kitsch, the art of the picture postcard, and of what corresponds to the royalty ballad. It has for years been their constant reproach against us that England is the great country of Kitsch. Many years ago a German who loved England only too well said to me, 'I like your English word plain; it is a word for which we have no equivalent in German, because all German women are plain.' He might well have balanced it by saying that English has no equivalent for the word Kitsch. [Edward J. Dent, "The Music of Arnold Schönberg," "The Living Age," July 9, 1921]
Culture definitions for kitsch
Works of art and other objects (such as furniture) that are meant to look costly but actually are in poor taste.