from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Ostentatious showiness; flashiness: "a garish barrage of show-biz glitz” ( Peter G. Davis).
  • transitive v. To invest with an ostentatiously showy quality: "have started to glitz up their shows with filmed backdrops” ( Bill Barol).

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  • n. garish, brilliant showiness

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tasteless showiness


Back-formation from glitzy, flashy, showy, probably from German glitzern, to glitter, from Middle High German glitzen, to shine, from Old High German glīzan; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from glitzy, in turn from German glitzern ("glint"). Cognate with Old Norse glitra/glita ("glitter") and Gothic 𐌲𐌻𐌹𐍄𐌼𐌿𐌽𐌾𐌰𐌽 (glitmunjan, "glisten"). (Wiktionary)


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  • "I was contacted by 'Toddlers & Tiaras' because they found out Madi does glitz, which is a different pageant than what we do around home," said her mother, Heather Wooldridge. Headlines

  • She loved the "glitz" that came with her fund - raising work, and was proud of the fact she had met celebrities, members of the royal family and government ministers, and was the subject of a BBC documentary, Nicole's Story, in 2009.

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  • And as the above references to "glitz" and "glamor" suggest, Edwards wants this contest with Obama to shape up as, "Who can best deliver change -- a lover or a fighter?" print share


  • I hate jokes ... but last time I checked a FOUR HUNDRED DOLLAR hair cut is the definition of "glitz" and "glamor".

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  • Being a huge Zepplin/Jimmy page fan, this interview, minus any kind of glitz or glamour, is solid gold.

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  • For the most part they are well-to-do, porkchop people (those that wouldn't have anyone paying attention to them unless they tied a porkchop around their neck) or those that want to be where the "glitz" is.

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