- 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 piquant
A couple of years before, he had applied his special broth of piquant newspaperese to the pages of Spin magazine.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
If you hurry, you'll still find sun-kissed yellows, rusty reds, and an orange so piquant you'll want a bite out of it.Gal With a Suitcase
November 6, 2010
What is so piquant here is not the fact that Hillary understands that Obama is president.Hillary's Home Run of a Speech
September 8, 2010
But that bit about the sober gray eyes and the piquant chin Jane was responsible for.Quaint Courtships
It was so much more beautiful to be dainty and small and piquant.The Gentleman From Indiana
And of these, the following, if not the most piquant and interesting, are the most indispensable to our History.The Book of Khalid
Not all the sauces in Christendom could have made it so piquant and appetizing.An Orkney Maid
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
It was a recollection of this that made the present situation so piquant and humorous.Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas
- having an agreeably pungent or tart taste
- lively or stimulating to the mind
Word Origin and History for piquant
1520s, from Middle French piquant "pricking, stimulating, irritating," present participle of piquer "to prick, sting, nettle" (see pike (n.2)).