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.
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.

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

Zest, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Zested; p. pr. & vb. n.
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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