zest

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French zeste, from Ancient Greek σχιστός (skhistós), from Ancient Greek σχίζω (skhízō, to split, cleave); from the same root as schizophrenia.

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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 flavor in this dish.
  2. General vibrance of flavour.
    I add zest to the meat by rubbing it with a spice mixture before grilling.
    • 1959, Peter De Vries, The Tents of Wickedness, Boston: Little, Brown & Co., “The Treehouse,” Chapter 7, p. 92,[1]
      He rolled his own cigarettes from a sack of Bull Durham, spilling flakes into his beer, which no doubt gained in zest thereby.
    • 1978, Joseph Singer et al. (translators), Shosha by Isaac Bashevis Singer, New York: Fawcett Crest, Part One, Chapter Five, 1, p. 99,[2]
      Bashele’s dishes tasted as good as they had when I was a child. No one could give to the borscht such a sweet-and-sour zest as Bashele.
  3. (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,[3]
      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,[4]
      Liberality of disposition and conduct gives the highest zest and relish to social intercourse.
    • 1928, D. H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, New York: Barnes & Noble, 1995, Chapter 9, p. 101,[5]
      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.
    • 1962, James Baldwin, Another Country, New York: Dell, 1963, Book Two, Chapter 2, p. 221,[6]
      The singers, male and female, wore blue jeans and long hair and had more zest than talent.
  4. (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, p. 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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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.

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zest m (plural zests)

  1. zest (of a fruit)

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zest c

  1. zest; the outer skin of a citrus fruit

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