Zest meaning

zĕst
Zest is enthusiasm, energy and excitement or the very outside of the peel of a citrus fruit.

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.

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(by extension) Enthusiasm; keen enjoyment; relish; gusto.

Auntie Mame had a real zest for life.

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The woody, thick skin enclosing the kernel of a walnut.
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(cooking) To scrape the zest from a fruit.
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The outer skin of a citrus fruit, used as a flavouring or garnish.

The orange zest gives the strong flavors in this dish.

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Spirited enjoyment; gusto.
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To remove small pieces from (a rind from a citrus fruit) for use as a flavoring in cooking.

Zested the lemon.

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The outermost, colored portion of the peel of a citrus fruit used, often in fine shreds, as flavoring.
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Stimulating or exciting quality.
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To make more zesty.
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Keen enjoyment; gusto.

A zest for life.

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Origin of zest

  • Obsolete French orange or lemon peel
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • French zeste, Greek ζέστη (zesti = warmth).
    From Wiktionary