zest

[zest]
noun
1.
keen relish; hearty enjoyment; gusto.
2.
an agreeable or piquant flavor imparted to something.
3.
anything added to impart flavor, enhance one's appreciation, etc.
4.
piquancy; interest; charm.
5.
liveliness or energy; animating spirit.
6.
the peel, especially the thin outer peel, of a citrus fruit used for flavoring: lemon zest.
verb (used with object)
7.
to give zest, relish, or piquancy to.

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

zestless, adjective


4. spice, tang.
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zest (zɛst)
 
n
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
3.  something added to give flavour or relish
4.  the peel or skin of an orange or lemon, used as flavouring in drinks, etc
 
vb
5.  (tr) to give flavour, interest, or piquancy to
 
[C17: from French zeste peel of citrus fruits used as flavouring, of unknown origin]
 
'zestful
 
adj
 
'zestfully
 
adv
 
'zestfulness
 
n
 
'zestless
 
adj
 
'zesty
 
adj

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zest
1670s, from Fr. 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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ZEST definition


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

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Example sentences
It is a great opportunity for a leader with vision, energy, and a zest to drive
  change.
Let's attribute that to their zest for public service.
Shoppers already appear to be losing some of their zest according to the latest
  figures.
The modern touch of adding beer to the meat mixture adds zest to the meat
  mixture.
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