Lemon, orange and lime zest.
- An example of zest is when you are excited and enthusiastic about life.
- An example of zest is the orange shavings from an orange peel.
- the outermost, colored portion of the peel of a citrus fruit used, often in fine shreds, as flavoring
- stimulating or exciting quality
- keen enjoyment; gusto: often with for: a zest for life
Origin of zestFrench zeste, partition membrane in a nut, hence piece of orange or orange peel used to give piquancy
- a. Flavor or piquancy: a spice that lends zest to the sauce.b. Interest or excitement: “A spiral staircase always adds zest to a setting” ( P. J. O'Rourke )c. The outermost part of the rind of an orange, lemon, or other citrus fruit, used as flavoring: added a pinch of grated zest.
- Spirited enjoyment; gusto: “At 53 he retains all the heady zest of adolescence” ( Kenneth Tynan )
transitive verbzest·ed, zest·ing, zests
Origin of zestObsolete French zest orange or lemon peel ( now spelled zeste ) bitter woody membrane dividing the kernel inside a walnut shell, citrus zest from Middle French alteration ( perhaps influenced by zeste onomatopoetic word used to imitate the sound of a hit or blow ) of earlier zec something of little value or importance, probably of imitative origin (expressing the idea of smallness)
(countable and uncountable, plural zests)
(third-person singular simple present zests, present participle zesting, simple past and past participle zested)
French zeste, Greek Î¶ÎÏƒÏ„Î· (zesti = warmth).