Definitions for: Zest


[n] a tart spiciness
[n] vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
[v] 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"



Webster (1913) Definition: Zest, n. [F. zeste, probably fr. L. schistos split,
cleft, divided, Gr. ?, from ? to split, cleave. Cf.
Schism.]
1. 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.

2. Hence, something that gives or enhances a pleasant taste,
or the taste itself; an appetizer; also, keen enjoyment;
relish; gusto.

Almighty Vanity! to thee they owe Their zest of
pleasure, and their balm of woe. --Young.

Liberality of disposition and conduct gives the
highest zest and relish to social intercourse.
--Gogan.

3. The woody, thick skin inclosing the kernel of a walnut.
[Obs.]


Zest, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Zested; p. pr. & vb. n.
Zesting.]
1. To cut into thin slips, as the peel of an orange, lemon,
etc.; to squeeze, as peel, over the surface of anything.

2. To give a relish or flavor to; to heighten the taste or
relish of; as, to zest wine. --Gibber.

Synonyms: gusto, nip, piquance, piquancy, relish, spice, spice up, tang, tanginess, zestfulness

See Also: alter, change, enjoyment, enthusiasm, spice, spicery, spiciness

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Famous Quotes Containing Zest:


It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.

-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery (French Novelist)

If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.

-- Norman Vincent Peale (American Clergyman)

Normally I make myself swim, do exercises. For zest I like going to the cinema.

-- Antonia Fraser (British Author)

If things don't come easy, there is no premium on effort. There should be joy in the chase, zest in the pursuit.

-- Branch Rickey (American Athlete)

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.

-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery (French Novelist)

Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.

-- Christian Dior (French Designer)

As years passed away I have formed the habit of looking back upon that former self as upon another person, the remembrance of whose emotions has been a solace in adversity and added zest to the enjoyment of prosperity.

-- Simon Newcomb (Canadian Mathematician)

Give me the comma of imperfect striving, thus to find zest in the immediate living. Ever the reaching but never the gaining, ever the climbing but never the attaining of the mountain top.

-- Winston Graham (English Novelist)


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