zest

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French zeste, Greek ζέστη (zesti = warmth).

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Noun[edit]

zest (countable and uncountable, plural zests)

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  1. The outer skin of a citrus fruit, used as a flavouring or garnish.
    The orange zest gives the strong flavors in this dish.
  2. (by extension) Enthusiasm; keen enjoyment; relish; gusto.
    Auntie Mame had a real zest for life.
    • Young
      Almighty Vanity! to thee they owe / Their zest of pleasure, and their balm of woe.
    • Gogan
      Liberality of disposition and conduct gives the highest zest and relish to social intercourse.
  3. The woody, thick skin enclosing the kernel of a walnut.
    • 2006, N. J. Nusha, On the edge: short stories (page 85)
      The green zest of walnuts was used by the women to shine their teeth and it also gave a beautiful rust colour to their lips.

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Synonyms[edit]

  • (enthusiasm): gusto
  • (outer skin of citrus fruit; general vibrance of flavour): spice, relish, tang

Verb[edit]

zest (third-person singular simple present zests, present participle zesting, simple past and past participle zested)

  1. (cooking) To scrape the zest from a fruit
  2. To make more zesty

French[edit]

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Noun[edit]

zest m (plural zests)

  1. zest (of a fruit)

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Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

zest c

  1. zest; the outer skin of a citrus fruit

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