Definition of glitz in English:



  • [mass noun] Extravagant but superficial display.

    ‘the glitz and sophisticated night life of Ibiza’
    • ‘With a style reflecting theatrical glitz, shoes are undergoing a revolution with more playful colours and details.’
    • ‘Not if it keeps spending on glitz rather than education’
    • ‘It is not all glitz and glam like people perceive.’
    • ‘But in my book, beauty without smiles and charm means very little in an industry overrun by glitz and glitter.’
    • ‘Then after a fabulous night of glitz and glamour, it would be time to ‘turn back into a pumpkin again’.’
    • ‘Sexy glitz is replaced by a softened mood of rustic romance with inspiration heavily drawn from the early 70s.’
    • ‘American football is not all glitz and glamour.’
    • ‘He loved his glitz and was unashamedly starstruck.’
    • ‘However, the show wasn't all glitz and glamour.’
    • ‘Chicago is an opulent display of glitz and glamour.’
    • ‘This promises to be a night of glamour, glitz and fashion.’
    • ‘The interior is modelled on the old Viennese grand cafés so there's opulence without too much glitz, great pastries, and a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere.’
    • ‘You know, despite all of modern medicine's glitz and glamour, sometimes the old fashioned remedies work the best.’
    • ‘One room looked a bit like ballroom only much smaller - a fair amount of faux glitz on the walls, a decent amount of light and a trestle-tabled bar on one wall.’
    • ‘The Great Commission sometimes gets buried beneath the superficial glitz.’
    • ‘There is sophistication here, too, but it's one based on simplicity rather than glitz; you can wander round in your most battered shorts and no one will turn their nose up at you.’
    • ‘The extravaganza uses big band, spotlight glitz and dancing girls to capture the magic of a bygone time.’
    • ‘Prom night for most teenage girls is a great evening of glitz and glamour.’
    • ‘Sandra is briefly seduced by superficial glitz before rediscovering friendship, real values and the need to take down some bad guys.’
    • ‘It puts much-needed seasonal cheer into the long dark nights of winter, and there's no reason why it shouldn't add glitz and glamour to your own looks over the holiday.’
    ostentation, showiness, show, showing off, ostentatiousness, pretentiousness, pretension, vulgarity, conspicuousness, obtrusiveness, display, flamboyance, gaudiness, garishness, tawdriness, meretriciousness, brashness, loudness, extravagance, ornateness, theatricality
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[WITH OBJECT]North american
  • Make (something) glamorous or showy.

    ‘he wanted to know who we could get to glitz up the programme’
    • ‘This might seem like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many people spend big bucks trying to glitz up this holiday.’
    • ‘These teams are proof that there's no use glitzing up an offense with passes when a good punch in the nose will suffice.’
    • ‘Oh sure, it's glitzed up for the kids - space ships, explosions, big battles - but in the end, it's about being all I can be and discovering as much as possible about my enemy's weaknesses.’
    • ‘For the first few months of the year, Tinseltown glitzes up for one awards show after another, culminating in the queen mother of awards shows, the Academy Awards.’


1970s (originally a North American usage): back-formation from glitzy.