gusto, relish, zest, zestfulness(noun)
vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
nip, piquance, piquancy, piquantness, tang, tanginess, zest(verb)
a tart spicy quality
zest, spice, spice up(verb)
add herbs or spices to
Auntie Mame had a real zest for life.
The outer skin of a citrus fruit, used as a flavouring or garnish.
The orange zest gives the strong flavors in this dish.
To scrape the zest from a fruit
To make more zesty
Origin: French zeste, Greek ζέστη (zesti = warmth) The original meaning is 2. Meaning 1. ("enthusiasm") is metaphorical; confer to give a zest to, meaning "to add piquancy to", which can be done with a zest (meaning 2.).
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
hence, something that gives or enhances a pleasant taste, or the taste itself; an appetizer; also, keen enjoyment; relish; gusto
the woody, thick skin inclosing the kernel of a walnut
to cut into thin slips, as the peel of an orange, lemon, etc.; to squeeze, as peel, over the surface of anything
to give a relish or flavor to; to heighten the taste or relish of; as, to zest wine
Origin: [F. zeste, probably fr. L. schistos split, cleft, divided, Gr. , from to split, cleave. Cf. Schism.]
Zest is a food ingredient that is prepared by scraping or cutting from the outer, colorful skin of citrus fruits such as lemon, orange, citron, and lime. Zest is used to add flavor to foods. In terms of fruit anatomy, zest is obtained from the flavedo. The flavedo and white pith of a citrus fruit together makes up its peel. The amounts of both flavedo and pith are variable among citrus fruits, and may be adjusted by the manner in which they are prepared. Citrus peel may be used fresh, dried, candied, or pickled in salt.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
zest, n. something that gives a relish: relish. [Fr. zeste, skin of an orange or lemon used to give a flavour—L. schistus—Gr. schistos, cleft, divided—schizein, to cleave.]
The numerical value of zest in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of zest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.
It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.
People are excited to see Chris on the course, his zest for life is infectious. He keeps a pretty quick pace, so he’ll be right in the middle of the pack.
The liberal holds that he is true to the republic when he is true to himself. (It may not be as cozy an attitude as it sounds.) He greets with enthusiasm the fact of the journey, as a dog greets a man's invitation to take a walk. And he acts in the dog's way too, swinging wide, racing ahead, doubling back, covering many miles of territory that the man never traverses, all in the spirit of inquiry and the zest for truth. He leaves a crazy trail, but he ranges far beyond the genteel old party he walks with and he is usually in a better position to discover a skunk.
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- Genuss, Freude, Lust, Würze, BegeisterungGerman
- ralladura, entusiasmo, brío, ánimoSpanish
- innostus, [[sitrushedelmän]] (ulko)kuori, intoFinnish
- הנאה, חשק, התלהבותHebrew
- héj, lelkesedésHungarian
- entusiasmo, bucciaItalian
- entusiasme, ytterskall, zest, begeistringNorwegian
- gana, entusiasmoPortuguese
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