Definition of glitz in English:



  • [mass noun] Extravagant but superficial display:

    ‘the glitz and sophisticated night life of Ibiza’
    • ‘Sexy glitz is replaced by a softened mood of rustic romance with inspiration heavily drawn from the early 70s.’
    • ‘You know, despite all of modern medicine's glitz and glamour, sometimes the old fashioned remedies work the best.’
    • ‘But in my book, beauty without smiles and charm means very little in an industry overrun by glitz and glitter.’
    • ‘Chicago is an opulent display of glitz and glamour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sandra is briefly seduced by superficial glitz before rediscovering friendship, real values and the need to take down some bad guys.’
    • ‘Not if it keeps spending on glitz rather than education’
    • ‘This promises to be a night of glamour, glitz and fashion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘American football is not all glitz and glamour.’
    • ‘Prom night for most teenage girls is a great evening of glitz and glamour.’
    • ‘He loved his glitz and was unashamedly starstruck.’
    • ‘It is not all glitz and glam like people perceive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, the show wasn't all glitz and glamour.’
    • ‘With a style reflecting theatrical glitz, shoes are undergoing a revolution with more playful colours and details.’
    • ‘Then after a fabulous night of glitz and glamour, it would be time to ‘turn back into a pumpkin again’.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This might seem like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many people spend big bucks trying to glitz up this holiday.’
    • ‘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.