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Definition of ritz in English:


[mass noun] informal
1chiefly North American Ostentatious luxury and glamour.
2 (the Ritz) [usually with negative] Used in reference to luxurious accommodation: it’s not the Ritz, but it 's convenient, clean, and good value for money sure as hell ain’t the Ritz, but it’s a place to call home here is the Ritz of all shelters


put on the ritz
chiefly North American
Make a show of luxury or extravagance: when you’re putting on the ritz, garnish your soup with an asparagus tip nestled in a small spoonful of lightly whipped cream
More example sentences
  • In the 10th year of the Starck bathroom, the company's latest anniversary product is putting on the ritz for the celebrations.
  • First off, I got a new job as a valet parker at some restaurant that's trying to put on the ritz.


Early 20th century: from Ritz, a proprietary name of luxury hotels, from César Ritz (1850–1918), a Swiss hotel owner.

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