noun \ˈzest\

: 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

:  a piece of the peel of a citrus fruit (as an orange or lemon) used as flavoring
:  an enjoyably exciting quality :  piquancy <adds zest to the performance>
:  keen enjoyment :  relish, gusto <has a zest for living>
zest·ful \-fəl\ adjective
zest·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
zest·ful·ness noun
zest·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of ZEST

  1. His humor added zest to the performance.
  2. His humor added a certain zest to the performance.
  3. 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

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel


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