zest
noun Etymology: obsolete French (now zeste), orange or lemon peel (used as flavoring) Date: circa 1674 1. a piece of the peel of a citrus fruit (as an orange or lemon) used as flavoring 2. an enjoyably exciting quality ; piquancy <
adds zest to the performance
>
3. keen enjoyment ; relish, gusto <
has a zest for living
>
zestful adjectivezestfully adverbzestfulness nounzestless adjective

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  • zest — zest …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • zest — ou zeste [ zɛst ] interj. • 1640; 1611 zest, exprimant le bruit fait par un coup; rad. onomat. zek ♦ Vx Interjection marquant le refus, plus souvent la promptitude d une action. ♢ Subst. (1718) Loc. fam. Entre le zist [ zist ] et le zest, se dit… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Zest — may refer to:* Zest (ingredient), the outer peel of a citrus fruit * Zest (soap), a brand of soap * Zest (car), a micro car, developed by a French consortium led by ACREA * Zest (band), a Dutch Rock band from The Hague * Zest (music producer), a… …   Wikipedia

  • zest — (zèst ) 1°   Interjection familière et ironique dont on se sert pour repousser ce que dit une personne. Il se vante de cela : zest!    On trouve aussi zeste. •   Je le savais bien, moi, que, dès qu elle parlerait, toutes vos belles résolutions,… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • zest — [zest] n [Date: 1400 1500; : Frenc] 1.) [U] eager interest and enjoyment zest for ▪ She had a great zest for life . 2.) [singular, U] the quality of being exciting and interesting ▪ The danger of being caught added a certain zest to the affair …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • zest — [ zest ] noun uncount 1. ) a lot of enthusiasm or interest: He never lost his zest for life. a ) an exciting and lively quality: The fear he had felt then now seemed to add a little zest to the story he was telling. 2. ) the skin of an orange,… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • zest — ZEST. s. m. Ce qui est au dedans de la noix, & qui la separe en quatre. Le zest d une noix. cela ne vaut pas un zest. je n en donnerois pas un zest. Zest. Signifie aussi, Une petite pelure d orange qu on leve de dessus l écorce. On dit… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • zest — zest·ful; zest·er; zest; zest·ful·ly; zest·ful·ness; …   English syllables

  • Zest — est, n. [F. zeste, probably fr. L. schistos split, cleft, divided, Gr. ?, from ? to split, cleave. Cf. {Schism}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A piece of orange or lemon peel, or the aromatic oil which may be squeezed from such peel, used to give flavor to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • zest — [zest] n. [Fr zeste, partition membrane in a nut, hence piece of orange or orange peel used to give piquancy] 1. a usually thin piece of orange peel or lemon peel used as flavoring 2. something that gives flavor, relish, or piquancy 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • Zest — est, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Zested}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Zesting}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To cut into thin slips, as the peel of an orange, lemon, etc.; to squeeze, as peel, over the surface of anything. [1913 Webster] 2. To give a relish or flavor to;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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