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zest

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noun \ˈzest\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of zest

  1. 1 :  a piece of the peel of a citrus fruit (as an orange or lemon) used as flavoring

  2. 2 :  an enjoyably exciting quality :  piquancy <adds zest to the performance>

  3. 3 :  keen enjoyment :  relish, gusto <has a zest for living>

zestful play \-fəl\ adjective
zestfully play \-fə-lē\ adverb
zestfulness noun
zestless play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of zest in a sentence

  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



ZEST Defined for Kids

zest

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noun \ˈzest\

Definition of zest for Students

  1. 1 :  a piece of the peel of a citrus fruit (as an orange or lemon) used to flavor foods

  2. 2 :  an enjoyable or exciting quality <Her humor added zest to the presentation.>

  3. 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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