from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Enthusiastic devotion to a cause, ideal, or goal and tireless diligence in its furtherance. See Synonyms at passion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The fervor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Passionate ardor in the pursuit of anything; eagerness in favor of a person or cause; ardent and active interest; engagedness; enthusiasm; fervor.
- n. A zealot.
- intransitive v. To be zealous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Passionate ardor in the pursuit of anything; intense interest or endeavor; eagerness to accomplish or obtain some object.
- n. Synonyms Earnestness, Enthusiasm, etc. (see eagerness), warmth, fervor, heartiness, energy.
- To entertain zeal; be zealous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. prompt willingness
- n. a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
- n. excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end
Middle English zele, from Old French zel, from Late Latin zēlus, from Greek zēlos.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First coined in 1382, from Middle English zele, from Old French zel, from Late Latin zēlus, from Ancient Greek ζήλος (zēlos, "zeal, jealousy"), from ζηλόω (zēloō, "to emulate, to be jealous"). Cognate to jealous. (Wiktionary)