[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for put on the ritz


/ (rɪts) /


put on the ritz to assume a superior air or make an ostentatious display

Word Origin for ritz

from the luxury hotels created by the Swiss hotelier César Ritz (1850–1918)
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Word Origin and History for put on the 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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