- Word History
|part of speech:
||a sense of great pleasure or enjoyment.
Our grandmother's zest for living makes her seem much younger.
- similar words:
- appetite, delight, enjoyment, enthusiasm, joy, passion, pleasure, taste, zeal
||zestful (adj.), zesty (adj.), zestfully (adv.), zestfulness (n.)
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."