- 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.
- to give zest, relish, or piquancy to.
Origin of zest
1665–75; < French zest (now zeste) orange or lemon peel used for flavoring < ?
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4. spice, tang.
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Examples from the Web for zestless
Success in suppressing the precivilized qualities of the boy results in a "zestless automaton" that is something less than a man.The Minister and the Boy
- invigorating or keen excitement or enjoymenta zest for living
- added interest, flavour, or charm; piquancyher 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
- (tr) to give flavour, interest, or piquancy to
C17: from French zeste peel of citrus fruits used as flavouring, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for zestless
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.
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