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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for zests

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 zests

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.

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