Complete Definition of "zest"

English

Etymology
French zeste. Of unknown origin. 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.).

Pronunciation
audio|en-us-zest.ogg|Audio (US)
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ɛst|-ɛst

Noun
zest

  1. enthusiasm|Enthusiasm.

#: Auntie Mame had a real zest for life.

  1. The outer skin of a citrus fruit, used as a flavouring.

Verb
to zest up<br>
from meaning 2, new use of: Rachel Ray, television cook and personality, in July 2007 said
of a dish for which she recommended that lemon be squeezed on it, "to zest it up".

  1. defn|English

Translations
trans-top|enthusiasm
German: Lust f, Freude f, Begeisterung f, Genuss m
Hebrew: התלהבות, הנאה, חשק
Finnish: into, innostus
trans-mid
Norwegian: entusiasme
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trans-top|outer skin of citrus
German: Würze f (2)
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Spanish: ralladura f
Finnish: sitrushedelmän (ulko)kuori
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Related terms
zestful
zestfully


French

Pronunciation
w:IPA|IPA: /zɛst/
w:SAMPA|SAMPA: /zEst/

Noun
zest

  1. zest (2)

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