Definition of zest in US English:

zest

noun

  • 1Great enthusiasm and energy.

    ‘they campaigned with zest and intelligence’
    in singular ‘she had a great zest for life’
    • ‘The writer, it said, had been nicknamed ‘The Energizer’ by fellow inmates because of his boundless zest for life.’
    • ‘Betty Ford's zest for life and country ethos of hard work and helping others is obvious from the outset.’
    • ‘The freedom struggle and his zest for social service forced him to plunge into politics at the age of 17.’
    • ‘Who said the Conservatives had lost their zest for conflict?’
    • ‘He was a big man in every sense of the word who always lived life to the full and even during his many years of ill health he never lost that zest for life.’
    • ‘Her zest for life drew others to her, and she embraced them warmly.’
    • ‘Sadly when Barbara died in 1982, Frankie lost his usual zest for life.’
    • ‘I would say that the real reason for her longevity is her zest for life.’
    • ‘Hastings described her friend's infectious zest for life and her great sense of humor.’
    • ‘Baldev has taken the move from biology teacher to Head of IT in his stride and demonstrated his zest for teaching along the way.’
    • ‘The daily grind of life, a demanding family, death of a young, pretty niece due to cancer and no steady job has not diminished his zest for life.’
    • ‘His zest for exploring new horizons made him choose neurosurgery at a time when the specialty was unknown in Asia.’
    • ‘The eleven-year old retains his zest for the game and he responded gamely to Ruby's urgings and stayed on well to beat Frezenium by three lengths.’
    • ‘Chris was a beautiful, hopeful person, full of zest for life, full of caring for other people.’
    • ‘We all have fond memories of Sharon and her zest for life and we hope that such memories will in some way console those who mourn her.’
    • ‘His obvious zest for performing shone through as he superbly sang his way through hit after hit from his number one album Justified.’
    • ‘I'm now filled with a sense of youthful naughtiness mixed with zest for life which I always get when I see evening through to sunrise.’
    • ‘Physically, he looks no older than any man who will be 70 in February, but the spark, the MacLeod zest for life, has painfully and obviously gone.’
    • ‘Minimum wage steals from you; it steals your youth and your zest for life.’
    • ‘The five-year-old has become a celebrity since her rescue from a Ukrainian orphanage, her zest for life and beaming smile winning her many friends.’
    enthusiasm, gusto, relish, zestfulness, appetite, eagerness, keenness, avidity, zeal, fervour, ardour, passion, love, enjoyment, joy, delight, excitement
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    1. 1.1 A quality of excitement and piquancy.
      ‘I used to try to beat past records to add zest to my monotonous job’
      • ‘In fact, the emphasis on sex and its supposed sin can actually give the whole thing an atmosphere of wonderful piquancy and zest.’
      • ‘In an attempt to add zest to the lineup, the carmaker ran a series of risqué minivan ads, including one hinting at wife-swapping.’
      • ‘Tiny strips of lime zest added an occasional extra tang to the mix.’
      • ‘They are bright and energetic, and they will add zest to the college.’
      • ‘Bold colors and big foliage add tropical zest to summer gardens.’
      • ‘A new breed of beefy bike has added zest to this week's motorcycle show, says Nicholas Rufford’
      • ‘It's as hilariously overdone as everything else in Mortal Kombat, and adds lots of extra zest to the battles.’
      • ‘The fact that McCain had been portrayed by a home state newspaper as a vindictive philanderer with a volcanic temper only adds zest.’
      • ‘Velvet brocade, print and lace added extra zest to some jean styles.’
      • ‘The superb instrumental soloists added zest to the musical proceedings.’
      • ‘The silly, high-pitched voice samples add a little extra zest to the already heated battles.’
      • ‘She wasn't home, and that was a shame because it would have added some zest to an otherwise rather dull story.’
      • ‘The brief hiatus from Test cricket hasn't added too much zest to his bowling, but it seems to have revitalised Javagal Srinath the batsman.’
      • ‘Direction by Michael Lembeck adds zest and the appearance of camp icon Debbie Reynolds is the icing on the cake.’
      • ‘Adding zest to the play will be its music, which would include Indian instrumental with choreography by Vrinda Kapur.’
      • ‘The choir master and choir sang beautifully, children gathered around the Holy Crib to sing their carols, and the brass band added zest.’
      • ‘If you want to carry your drink savvy around, bring along a vermouth sprayer to add some zest to your gin.’
      • ‘Add lime juice to zest up the papaya's lack of natural acidity.’
      • ‘If we can learn to observe these flowers, we will be adding zest to our lives.’
      • ‘Supposing you have recently been bordering on boredom, use this opportune session to add more zest to your existence.’
      piquancy, tang, sharpness, tartness, flavour, flavouring, savour, taste, tastiness, pungency, spice, spiciness, relish, bite
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  • 2The outer colored part of the peel of citrus fruit, used as flavoring.

    • ‘In a small bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, lemon zest, and parsley and season with black pepper.’
    • ‘Whisk in cream, egg yolks, lemon zest, orange peel, almond extract and salt.’
    • ‘The vanilla can be replaced by either lemon or orange zest.’
    • ‘Peel some strips of the lemon and lime zest using the swivel peeler.’
    • ‘Place a portion of the salad on top and garnish with the julienned lemon zest.’
    • ‘Mix together the breadcrumbs, lemon zest, salt and pepper.’
    • ‘Place the orange zest, juice and lemon juice in a measuring jug.’
    • ‘Combine olives with garlic, walnuts, rosemary, thyme, orange zest and lemon juice.’
    • ‘Add the yogurt cheese, cream cheese, sugar, flour, lemon and orange zests.’
    • ‘Stir in the honey, tea, and zests until well combined.’
    • ‘In a double boiler, whisk the lemon zest, juice, egg yolks, and half the sugar.’
    • ‘The skins and zest were peeled and the clementines were sectioned.’
    • ‘In a container, combine the syrup, Lime leaf, and zests of the lemon, orange, and lime.’
    • ‘For the lemon and caper sauce, on a cutting board, mince the lemon zest and capers and set aside.’
    • ‘Place flour, icing sugar and orange zest in a food processor and process until ingredients are combined.’
    • ‘Place the polenta, flour, sugar and lemon zest in a food processor with a pinch of salt.’
    • ‘A day in advance, put the citrus zests, juice, sherry and brandy in a bowl to soak.’
    • ‘Add the sugar then blitz for a minute or two until you can barely see the orange and lemon zest.’
    • ‘Add the orange and lemon zests, as well as the pepper and the vanilla.’
    • ‘Add orange and lemon zests, rosemary, parsley, thyme, bay leaf, stock, orange juice and veal cheeks.’
    rind, peel, skin, covering, outer layer
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verb

[with object]
  • Scrape off the outer colored part of the peel of (a piece of citrus fruit) for use as flavoring.

    ‘zest the orange and lemon, taking care to discard all of the white pith’
    • ‘Chop the bacon and onion, zest the lemon.’
    • ‘The medium coarse grating surface is terrific for zesting citrus fruit, grating nutmeg or ginger, and shredding hard cheeses like parmesan or pecorino romano.’
    • ‘Using a lemon zester, scrape the carrots to produce short pieces as you would if you were zesting a lemon.’
    • ‘Pour the whole bottle of wine into a pan, zest the orange and lemon into it and add the mixed spice.’
    • ‘For the crab: Using a grater, zest the lemon and remove the segments.’
    • ‘I hate zesting oranges.’
    • ‘As Max began zesting an orange for a batch of flapjacks, Almaz explained that while she enjoys cooking, she doesn't see herself working in the restaurant kitchen when she's older.’
    • ‘Zest the rind of a lemon to produce one teaspoon of zest.’
    • ‘I like to zest a lemon or an orange and toss that in the stuffing, maybe with just a small squeeze of the fruit as well.’
    • ‘Place the carrot and zested lemon rind in a bowl, then add lemon juice, olive oil, and currants.’
    • ‘I went back to the Hesser recipe and juiced the Meyer Lemons after zesting them.’
    • ‘Slice the red onion finely and juice and zest the lemon.’

Origin

Late 15th century: from French zeste ‘orange or lemon peel’, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

zest

/zest//zɛst/