Simple Definition of zest
: lively excitement : a feeling of enjoyment and enthusiasm
: a lively quality that increases enjoyment, excitement, or energy
: small pieces of the skin of a lemon, orange, or lime that are used to flavor food
Full Definition of zest
Examples of zest
His humor added zest to the performance.
His humor added a certain zest to the performance.
The recipe calls for a tablespoon of lemon zest.
Origin of zest
obsolete French (now zeste), orange or lemon peel (used as flavoring)
First Known Use: circa 1674
ZEST Defined for Kids
Definition of zest
1 : a piece of the peel of a citrus fruit (as an orange or lemon) used to flavor foods
2 : an enjoyable or exciting quality <Her humor added zest to the presentation.>
3 : keen enjoyment <They ate with zest.>
History for zest
The English word zest came from a French word zeste that means “the peel of an orange or a lemon.” Because their flavor made food more tasty and enjoyable, lemon and orange peels were used to season food. In time the word zest came to mean any quality that made life more enjoyable.
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