- agreeably pungent or sharp in taste or flavor; pleasantly biting or tart: a piquant aspic.
- agreeably stimulating, interesting, or attractive: a piquant glance.
- of an interestingly provocative or lively character: a piquant wit.
- Archaic. sharp or stinging, especially to the feelings.
Origin of piquant
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Examples from the Web for piquancy
Piquancy is added to the last point because the other main contender for Fed chair is a woman, and a highly qualified one at that.Will Obama Learn the Right Lesson From the Summers Debacle?
September 18, 2013
He measured its value by its piquancy, by its adaptability to epigrammatic rhymes.The Life of Cesare Borgia
Call it, for the sake of piquancy, "Beethoven and Esterhazy."Old Fogy
He imagined that that sort of thing lent a piquancy to conversation.A Venetian June
And it gains in piquancy from the fact that everybody knows the personages.A Chambermaid's Diary
He was more famous for his wit than his wisdom; for his piquancy than for piety.One Irish Summer
William Eleroy Curtis
- having an agreeably pungent or tart taste
- lively or stimulating to the mind
Word Origin and History for piquancy
1520s, from Middle French piquant "pricking, stimulating, irritating," present participle of piquer "to prick, sting, nettle" (see pike (n.2)).