ritz

[ rits ]
/ rɪts /

noun

ostentatious or pretentious display.

verb (used with object)

Slang. to treat with condescension; snub: The star ritzed the reporters and got a bad press.

Idioms

    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

ritz

/ (rɪts) /

noun

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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