Part of speech: noun

Agreeable excitement of mind or something that imparts it; an agreeable and piquant flavor.

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Usage examples "zest":

  1. When Josh was told of his master's intention, his eyes gleamed with pleasure, and he went to his work with the zest of long hunger. - "The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories Strength of Gideon; Mammy Peggy's Pride; Viney's Free Papers; The Fruitful Sleeping of The Rev. Elisha Edwards; The Ingrate; The Case of 'Ca'line'; The Finish of Patsy Barnes; One Man's Fortunes; Jim's Probation; U", Paul Laurence Dunbar.
  2. So was my fatigue, and I turned with a zest to my letters and to the arrangements necessary for a three days' absence. - "The Gloved Hand", Burton E. Stevenson.
  3. The first zest of interest and occupation in a new world had died an inevitable death; that was natural enough and could raise no surprise. - "A Question of Marriage", Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey.