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Definition of zest noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    zest

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  1. 1[singular, uncountable] zest (for something) enjoyment and enthusiasm synonym appetite He had a great zest for life. She danced with the zest of a twenty-year-old
  2. 2[uncountable, singular] the quality of being exciting, interesting and enjoyable The slight risk added zest to the experience.
  3. 3[uncountable] the outer skin of an orange, a lemon, etc., when it is used to give flavour in cooking Add the zest of half a lemon. compare peel, rind, skin
  4. Word Origin late 15th cent.: from French zeste ‘orange or lemon peel’, of unknown origin.Extra examples He is 74 years old but still full of zest. Last month’s victory has given him a renewed zest for the game. The love affair added a little zest to her life. a zest for battle He had a great zest for life. She danced with the zest of a twenty-year-old.
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