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

n a tart spicy quality

nip, piquance, piquancy, piquantness, tang, tanginess
Type of:
spice, spicery, spiciness
the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored

n vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment

gusto, relish, zestfulness
Type of:
the pleasure felt when having a good time
a feeling of excitement

v add herbs or spices to

spice, spice up
add ginger to in order to add flavor
add pepper to
Type of:
flavor, flavour, season
lend flavor to

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