Definition of zest in English:


Syllabification: zest
Pronunciation: /zest


  • 2The outer colored part of the peel of citrus fruit, used as flavoring.
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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.


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  • Scrape off the outer colored part of the peel of (a piece of citrus fruit) for use as flavoring: zest the orange and lemon, taking care to discard all of the white pith
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    • I like to zest a lemon or an orange and toss that in the stuffing, maybe with just a small squeeze of the fruit as well.
    • Place the carrot and zested lemon rind in a bowl, then add lemon juice, olive oil, and currants.
    • Using a lemon zester, scrape the carrots to produce short pieces as you would if you were zesting a lemon.



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  • 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.


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  • 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: /-fəlnəs/
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  • 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.


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  • 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.

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