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zest

play
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

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>

zest·ful play \-fəl\ adjective
zest·ful·ly play \-fə-lē\ adverb
zest·ful·ness noun
zest·less play \-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




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