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[zest] /zɛst/
keen relish; hearty enjoyment; gusto.
an agreeable or piquant flavor imparted to something.
anything added to impart flavor, enhance one's appreciation, etc.
piquancy; interest; charm.
liveliness or energy; animating spirit.
the peel, especially the thin outer peel, of a citrus fruit used for flavoring:
lemon zest.
verb (used with object)
to give zest, relish, or piquancy to.
Origin of zest
1665-75; < French zest (now zeste) orange or lemon peel used for flavoring < ?
Related forms
zestless, adjective
4. spice, tang. Unabridged
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  • Mrs. Hunter entered into the plan with zest when on Monday afternoon it became necessary to tell her.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
  • Old and young, they enjoyed the new surroundings with the zest of children.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Harriet was appliqueing velvet violets on a gray chiffon scarf and was doing it with the zest of the newly liberated.

    The Heart's Kingdom Maria Thompson Daviess
  • And there is in it too the zest that the hungry—not the starved but the hungry—have for life.

    Mary, Mary James Stephens
  • He felt alive, jubilant, keenly in sympathy with the lure and zest of the expedition.

    Daughter of the Sun Jackson Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for zest


invigorating or keen excitement or enjoyment: a zest for living
added interest, flavour, or charm; piquancy: her presence gave zest to the occasion
something added to give flavour or relish
the peel or skin of an orange or lemon, used as flavouring in drinks, etc
(transitive) to give flavour, interest, or piquancy to
Derived Forms
zestful, adjective
zestfully, adverb
zestfulness, noun
zestless, adjective
zesty, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from French zeste peel of citrus fruits used as flavouring, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for zest

1670s, from French zeste "piece of orange or lemon peel used as a flavoring," of unknown origin. Sense of "thing that adds flavor" is 1709; that of "keen enjoyment" first attested 1791.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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zest in Technology

An object-oriented extension of Z.
["Object Orientation in Z", S. Stepney et al eds, Springer 1992].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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