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Definition of zest in English:


[mass noun]
1Great enthusiasm and energy: they campaigned with zest and intelligence [in singular]: she had a great zest for life
More example sentences
  • Physically, he looks no older than any man who will be 70 in February, but the spark, the MacLeod zest for life, has painfully and obviously gone.
  • The eleven-year old retains his zest for the game and he responded gamely to Ruby's urgings and stayed on well to beat Frezenium by three lengths.
  • The five-year-old has become a celebrity since her rescue from a Ukrainian orphanage, her zest for life and beaming smile winning her many friends.
1.1A quality of excitement and piquancy: I used to try to beat past records to add zest to my monotonous job
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  • In fact, the emphasis on sex and its supposed sin can actually give the whole thing an atmosphere of wonderful piquancy and zest.
  • Tiny strips of lime zest added an occasional extra tang to the mix.
  • Velvet brocade, print and lace added extra zest to some jean styles.
piquancy, tang, sharpness, tartness, flavour, flavouring, savour, taste, tastiness, pungency, spice, spiciness, relish, bite;
interest, an edge, effect, potency
informal kick, punch, zing, oomph
2The outer coloured part of the peel of citrus fruit, used as flavouring: add 3 tablespoons of lemon zest
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  • Add the yogurt cheese, cream cheese, sugar, flour, lemon and orange zests.
  • Add the orange and lemon zests, as well as the pepper and the vanilla.
  • In a container, combine the syrup, Lime leaf, and zests of the lemon, orange, and lime.
rind, peel, skin, covering, outer layer
technical epicarp, pericarp, exocarp


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Scrape off the outer coloured part of the peel of (a piece of citrus fruit) for use as flavouring: zest the orange and lemon, taking care to discard all of the white pith
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  • Chop the bacon and onion, zest the lemon.
  • Zest the rind of a lemon to produce one teaspoon of zest.
  • For the crab: Using a grater, zest the lemon and remove the segments.


Pronunciation: /ˈzɛstfʊl/
Example sentences
  • The film holds up as a zestful paean to youthful high spirits.
  • Indulge in a zestful evening of fun, great entertainment, great food and great lucky draw prizes at the perfect venue for the whole family and friends to enjoy and cherish.
  • A zestful approach was the preserve of Rangers.
Pronunciation: /ˈzɛstfʊli/ /ˈzɛstf(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • They talked zestfully and this made me uncomfortable.
  • You can look zestfully clean with this white fashion apparel.
  • John Tillinger has directed zestfully, although a coffee-cup-stirring sequence is stretched beyond endurance.
Pronunciation: /ˈzɛstfʊlnəs/ /ˈzɛstf(ə)lnəs/
Example sentences
  • The sweetly tart zestfulness in the mouth is underscored by a clean, almost minty hop bitterness.
  • As with children throughout the South, his natural zestfulness and affection for others had been killed.
  • To enjoy Spanish cuisine is to partake in the Spanish culture, both offering zestfulness, richness, and happiness.
Pronunciation: /ˈzɛsti/
adjective (zestier, zestiest)
Example sentences
  • Mathematical physics is like music, which a young and zesty spirit can best seize and use, as did Mozart.
  • We like her and the zesty and enthusiastic way she approaches life seems to have a stimulating effect on those around her.
  • This zesty, youthful craze is a happy financial coincidence for many New World wineries.


Late 15th century: from French zeste 'orange or lemon peel', of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with zest

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