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Definitions of zest

  1. To cut into thin slips, as the peel of an orange, lemon, etc.; to squeeze, as peel, over the surface of anything. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To give a relish or flavor to; to heighten the taste or relish of; as, to zest wine. Webster Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. To heighten the taste or relish of. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  6. vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The woody, thick skin inclosing the kernel of a walnut. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A spicy flavor; something that gives a pleasant taste or relish; keen enjoyment; eager enthusiasm; as, he went at his work with zest. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Something that gives a relish: relish. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Something that gives a flavor; relish. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. Agreeable excitement of mind or something that imparts it; an agreeable and piquant flavor. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. Taste added; relish; flavour. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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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
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