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  1. keen relish; hearty enjoyment; gusto.

  2. an agreeable or piquant flavor imparted to something.

  1. anything added to impart flavor, enhance one's appreciation, etc.

  2. piquancy; interest; charm.

  3. liveliness or energy; animating spirit.

  4. the peel, especially the thin outer peel, of a citrus fruit used for flavoring: lemon zest.

verb (used with object)
  1. to give zest, relish, or piquancy to.

Origin of zest

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

Other words for zest

Other words from zest

  • zestless, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for zest


/ (zɛst) /

  1. invigorating or keen excitement or enjoyment: a zest for living

  2. added interest, flavour, or charm; piquancy: her presence gave zest to the occasion

  1. something added to give flavour or relish

  2. the peel or skin of an orange or lemon, used as flavouring in drinks, etc

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

Origin of zest

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

Derived forms of zest

  • zestful, adjective
  • zestfully, adverb
  • zestfulness, noun
  • zestless, adjective
  • zesty, adjective

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