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zest

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noun

verb (used with object)

to give zest, relish, or piquancy to.

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Origin of zest

1665–75; <French zest (now zeste) orange or lemon peel used for flavoring < ?

OTHER WORDS FROM zest

zestless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for zest

zest
/ (zɛst) /

noun

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

verb

(tr) to give flavour, interest, or piquancy to

Derived forms of zest

Word Origin for zest

C17: from French zeste peel of citrus fruits used as flavouring, of unknown origin
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