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zest

zest

 
 
pronunciation:
zest
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Word Combinations (noun), Word History
part of speech: noun
definition 1: great pleasure; keen enjoyment; relish.
The elderly woman's zest for living made her seem much younger.He set to work on the project with great zest.
synonyms:
gusto, relish
antonyms:
apathy
similar words:
Úlan, animation, appetite, delight, elation, enjoyment, enthusiasm, exhilaration, exuberance, joie de vivre, joy, passion, pleasure, taste, verve, zeal
definition 2: sharpness or intensity of flavor.
This salad dressing has a lot of zest!
synonyms:
nip, piquancy, pungency, tang
antonyms:
blandness
similar words:
bite, flavor, kick, savor, spice
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derivations: zestful (adj.), zesty (adj.), zestfully (adv.), zestfulness (n.)
Word History
Zest was borrowed into English in the 17th century from the French word zest that means "orange or lemon peel." By the end of the18th century, it was being used to mean "keen enjoyment."