[ 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.
Words nearby zest
Origin of zest
1665–75; < French zest (now zeste) orange or lemon peel used for flavoring < ?
OTHER WORDS FROM zestzest·less, adjective
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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|Allan Hoben
British Dictionary definitions for zestless
/ (zɛst) /
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
Derived forms of zest
zestful, adjectivezestfully, adverbzestfulness, nounzestless, adjective
Word Origin for zest
C17: from French zeste peel of citrus fruits used as flavouring, of unknown origin
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