Definition of ritz in US English:

ritz

noun

informal
  • 1North American Ostentatious luxury and glamour.

    ‘removed from all the ritz and glitz’
  • 2usually 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’

Phrases

  • put on the ritz

    • Make a show of luxury or extravagance.

      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

ritz

/rits/