[ rits ]

  1. ostentatious or pretentious display.

verb (used with object)
  1. Slang. to treat with condescension; snub: The star ritzed the reporters and got bad press as a result.

Idioms about ritz

  1. 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 Ritz hotels founded by César Ritz (died 1918), Swiss entrepreneur

Words Nearby ritz

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use ritz in a sentence

  • Afterwards we saw you once or twice at tea at the ritz, and you took off your hat, so you must have remembered then.

  • "They said at ritz's that he was one of the young millionaires, well known already in America," the fat woman reflected aloud.

  • The two men had been out to lunch at the ritz with Violet, and had walked across the Park home.

    The Double Four | E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The only thing I learnt was that she was staying at the "ritz."

  • I'd go to the ritz or the Carlton and order the finest dinner for three that the most experienced chef ever heard of.

    The Hosts of the Air | Joseph A. Altsheler

British Dictionary definitions for ritz


/ (rɪts) /

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

Origin of ritz

from the luxury hotels created by the Swiss hotelier César Ritz (1850–1918)

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