Other forms: zests

Zest is a kind of zeal or enthusiasm. If you've got a zest for something, you put your whole heart and soul into it. Dancers who have great zest leap, kick, and soar their way around the stage with a kind of joyful energy.

Oddly enough, zest can also be the outer peel of a lemon or orange, which chefs scrape into their dishes when they want to add some tartness and tanginess to a recipe. People who live with that same kind of spice are said to have a "zest for life." In other words, they live their lives with a lot of flavor and gusto. A student who has a zest for learning dives into her books with an enjoyment and relish most people reserve for their wedding day.

Definitions of zest
  1. noun
    a tart spicy quality
    synonyms: nip, piquance, piquancy, piquantness, tang, tanginess
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    type of:
    spice, spicery, spiciness
    the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored
  2. noun
    the outer part of the peel of a citrus fruit, used as flavoring
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    type of:
    flavorer, flavoring, flavourer, flavouring, seasoner, seasoning
    something added to food primarily for the savor it imparts
  3. verb
    add herbs or spices to
    synonyms: spice, spice up
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    add ginger to in order to add flavor
    add pepper to
    type of:
    flavor, flavour, season
    lend flavor to
  4. noun
    vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
    synonyms: gusto, relish, zestfulness
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    type of:
    the pleasure felt when having a good time
    a feeling of excitement




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