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Definitions of zest

  1. vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
  2. add herbs or spices to
  3. make more interesting or flavorful, either in the literal or in a metaphorical sense; " Spice the soup"; " Spice up the evening by inviting a belly dancer"
  4. A piece of orange or lemon peel, or the aromatic oil which may be squeezed from such peel, used to give flavor to liquor, etc.
  5. Hence, something that gives or enhances a pleasant taste, or the taste itself; an appetizer; also, keen enjoyment; relish; gusto.
  6. The woody, thick skin inclosing the kernel of a walnut.
  7. To cut into thin slips, as the peel of an orange, lemon, etc.; to squeeze, as peel, over the surface of anything.
  8. To give a relish or flavor to; to heighten the taste or relish of; as, to zest wine.
  9. A spicy flavor; something that gives a pleasant taste or relish; keen enjoyment; eager enthusiasm; as, he went at his work with zest.
  10. Something that gives a relish: relish.
  11. Something that gives a flavor; relish.
  12. Agreeable excitement of mind or something that imparts it; an agreeable and piquant flavor.
  13. A piece of orange or lemon- peel, used to give flavour to liquor or the oil which spurts out of it when squeezed; the woody skin quartering the kernel of a walnut; something that gives a pleasant taste; relish; the taste itself.
  14. To give a relish or flavour to; to cut the peel of an orange or lemon from top to bottom into thin slips; or to squeeze the peel over the surface of any thing.
  15. Taste added; relish; flavour.
  16. To heighten the taste or relish of.
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Usage examples for zest

  1. Thar ain't mo' than one in a million of that rare sort," responded old Adam, falling to work with a zest. – The Miller Of Old Church by Ellen Glasgow
  2. It was one of those perfect, sunny, calm mornings that sometimes come in early April: the zest of winter yet in the air, but a promise of summer. – Adventures In Contentment by David Grayson AKA: Ray Stannard Baker
  3. I shall be so charmed that I shall lose the zest of the traveller and become a hermit. – Floyd Grandon's Honor by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  4. They fell to work with a zest the like of which they had not known since their first entrance into the Boarded- up House. – The Boarded-Up House by Augusta Huiell Seaman
  5. Her old- time zest for dancing seemed to have deserted her entirely, and the daily necessity of playing up in public, of pretending to the world at large that all was well with her, was becoming an increasing strain. – The Vision of Desire by Margaret Pedler
  6. To the over- worked editor life will have a fresh zest and a new significance. – The Fiend's Delight by Dod Grile
  7. The immense use of it- if one must think about the use- is that such a life might really show commonplace and ordinary people how to handle the simplest materials of life with zest and delicacy. – Father Payne by Arthur Christopher Benson
  8. I think the Latin blood had sharpened their brains, and certainly gave an extra zest to life. – The Prodigal Returns by Lilian Staveley
  9. Cleopatra goes to it whenever she longs for repose after the pursuit of pleasures which have lost their zest. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  10. The boy rushed forward with renewed zest; and it was the other's turn to fall back. – The Secret of Sarek by Maurice Leblanc
  11. " It should add a zest to life if that's the case," he retorted. – The Splendid Folly by Margaret Pedler
  12. That would give her a zest for the job. – The Betrayal by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  13. A few moments' search only were required before he found the ideal spot, and he threw himself down on a pile of leaves with great zest. – Plotting in Pirate Seas by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  14. He plunged into the old life with the same zest. – The Loom of Youth by Alec Waugh
  15. The fine turn of the Doctor was taken with a good zest. – Thirty Years in the Itinerancy by Wesson Gage Miller
  16. That was why he found no zest in the morning sunshine. – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
  17. There are others who fear to refuse it; others again, who despise it; and a small remnant by whom the zest of danger can no more be resisted than the drunkard can resist wine. – Francezka by Molly Elliot Seawell
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