zest – Wiktionary



Borrowed from French zeste, initially from Greek ζέστη (zésti), from root Historical Greek ζέω (zéō).



zest (countable and uncountable, plural zests)

  1. The outer pores and skin of a citrus fruit, used as a flavouring or garnish.
    The orange zest offers the robust taste on this dish.
  2. Normal vibrance of flavour.
    I add zest to the meat by rubbing it with a spice combination earlier than grilling.
    • 1959, Peter De Vries, The Tents of Wickedness, Boston: Little, Brown & Co., “The Treehouse,” Chapter 7, p. 92,[1]
      He rolled his personal cigarettes from a sack of Bull Durham, spilling flakes into his beer, which little question gained in zest thereby.
    • 1978, Joseph Singer et al. (translators), Shosha by Isaac Bashevis Singer, New York: Fawcett Crest, Half One, Chapter 5, 1, p. 99,[2]
      Bashele’s dishes tasted pretty much as good as that they had once I was a toddler. Nobody may give to the borscht such a sweet-and-sour zest as Bashele.
  3. (by extension) Enthusiasm; eager enjoyment; relish; gusto.
    Auntie Mame had an actual zest for all times.
    • 1728, Edward Younger, Love of Fame, the Common Ardour, Satire II in The Works of the Reverend Edward Younger, London: P. Brown, H. Hill & S. Payne, 1765, Quantity I, p. 85,[3]
      Almighty self-importance! to thee they owe
      Their zest of delight, and their balm of woe.
    • 1807, Thomas Cogan, An Moral Treatise on the Passions, Bathtub: Hazard & Binns, Half 1, Disquisition 1, Chapter 1, Part 1 “On the utility of the Passions and Affections,” p. 51,[4]
      Liberality of disposition and conduct offers the very best zest and relish to social intercourse.
    • 1928, D. H. Lawrence, Girl Chatterley’s Lover, New York: Barnes & Noble, 1995, Chapter 9, p. 101,[5]
      As soon as began, Mrs. Bolton was higher than any e-book, concerning the lives of the individuals. She knew all of them so intimately, and had such a peculiar, flamey zest in all their affairs, it was great, if only a trifle humiliating to take heed to her.
    • 1962, James Baldwin, One other Nation, New York: Dell, 1963, E book Two, Chapter 2, p. 221,[6]
      The singers, female and male, wore blue denims and lengthy hair and had extra zest than expertise.
    • 2008 January–February, “70 Methods to Enhance Each Day of the Week”, in Males’s Well being, quantity 23, no 1, ISSN 1054-4836, web page 135:

      59 sneak in some purple Smuggle a bottle of wine, two glasses, and a corkscrew into a protracted matinee. Crimson wine is wealthy in life-extending antioxidants, and the caper will add zest even to a foul film.

  4. (uncommon) The woody, thick pores and skin enclosing the kernel of a walnut.
    • 2006, N. J. Nusha, On the Edge (Quick Tales), Lahore: Sang-e-Meel Publications, p. 85,
      The inexperienced zest of walnuts was utilized by the ladies to shine their enamel and it additionally gave a ravishing rust color to their lips.


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zest (third-person singular easy current zests, current participle zesting, easy previous and previous participle zested)

  1. (cooking) To scrape the zest from a fruit.
  2. To make extra zesty.
    • 1792, James Cobb, The Siege of Belgrade, a Comedian Opera, in Three Acts, web page 47:
      Strains ſo artleſs tho’ we proffer,
      Hearts o’er flowing zest the supply.

Derived phrases[edit]




zest m (plural zests)

  1. zest (of a fruit)

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zest c

  1. zest; the outer pores and skin of a citrus fruit


Declension of zest 
Indefinite Particular
Nominative zest zesten
Genitive zests zestens


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