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See also: žest
- The outer skin of a citrus fruit, used as a flavouring or garnish.
- The orange zest gives the strong flavor in this dish.
- General vibrance of flavour.
- I add zest to the meat by rubbing it with a spice mixture before grilling.
- (by extension) Enthusiasm; keen enjoyment; relish; gusto.
- Auntie Mame had a real zest for life.
- 1728, Edward Young, Love of Fame, the Universal Passion, Satire II in The Works of the Reverend Edward Young, London: P. Brown, H. Hill & S. Payne, 1765, Volume I, p. 85,
- Almighty vanity! to thee they owe
- Their zest of pleasure, and their balm of woe.
- 1807, Thomas Cogan, An Ethical Treatise on the Passions, Bath: Hazard & Binns, Part 1, Disquisition 1, Chapter 1, Section 1 “On the utility of the Passions and Affections,” p. 51,
- Liberality of disposition and conduct gives the highest zest and relish to social intercourse.
- 1842, [anonymous collaborator of Letitia Elizabeth Landon], chapter XXXIV, in Lady Anne Granard; or, Keeping up Appearances. […], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, […], →OCLC, page 139:
- And never did Isabella relieve a suffering fellow-creature, or assist a beloved sister, without blessing the dear, distant one that had made her rich, and kissing her sweet boy with new zest, as the son of his father.
- 1928, D[avid] H[erbert] Lawrence, chapter 9, in Lady Chatterley’s Lover, [Florence, Italy: […] Tipografia Giuntina, […]], →OCLC; republished as Lady Chatterley’s Lover (eBook no. 0100181h.html), Australia: Project Gutenberg Australia, August 2011, archived from the original on 11 November 2020:
- Once started, Mrs. Bolton was better than any book, about the lives of the people. She knew them all so intimately, and had such a peculiar, flamey zest in all their affairs, it was wonderful, if just a trifle humiliating to listen to her.
- 2008 January–February, “70 Ways to Improve Every Day of the Week”, in Men's Health, volume 23, number 1, →ISSN, page 135:
- 59 sneak in some red Smuggle a bottle of wine, two glasses, and a corkscrew into a long matinee. Red wine is rich in life-extending antioxidants, and the caper will add zest even to a bad movie.
- (rare) The woody, thick skin enclosing the kernel of a walnut.
- 2006, N. J. Nusha, On the Edge (Short Stories), Lahore: Sang-e-Meel Publications, 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.
Terms derived from zest (noun)
outer skin of citrus
- (cooking) To scrape the zest from a fruit.
- To make more zesty.
- 1792, James Cobb, The Siege of Belgrade, a Comic Opera, in Three Acts, page 47:
- Strains ſo artleſs tho’ we proffer,
Hearts o’er flowing zest the offer.
zest m (plural zests)
- zest (of a fruit)
- “zest”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- zest; the outer skin of a citrus fruit
|Declension of zest|