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zest

[zest] /zɛst/
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 of zest
1665-1675
1665-75; < French zest (now zeste) orange or lemon peel used for flavoring < ?
Related forms
zestless, adjective
Synonyms
4. spice, tang.
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  • Mrs. Hunter entered into the plan with zest when on Monday afternoon it became necessary to tell her.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
  • The danger did not have any effect on him, save to, if anything, add to the zest.

    The Dare Boys of 1776 Stephen Angus Cox
  • Harriet was appliqueing velvet violets on a gray chiffon scarf and was doing it with the zest of the newly liberated.

    The Heart's Kingdom Maria Thompson Daviess
  • And he went about it with a zest that knew no flagging, with a relish that nothing could impair.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • He felt alive, jubilant, keenly in sympathy with the lure and zest of the expedition.

    Daughter of the Sun Jackson Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for zest

zest

/zɛst/
noun
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
verb
5.
(transitive) to give flavour, interest, or piquancy to
Derived Forms
zestful, adjective
zestfully, adverb
zestfulness, noun
zestless, adjective
zesty, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from French zeste peel of citrus fruits used as flavouring, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for zest
n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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zest in Technology


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

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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