piquant

[ pee-kuhnt, -kahnt, pee-kahnt ]
/ ˈpi kənt, -kɑnt, piˈkɑnt /

adjective

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.

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Origin of piquant

1515–25; < French: literally, pricking (see pique1, -ant); replacing pickante < Italian piccante

OTHER WORDS FROM piquant

pi·quan·cy, pi·quant·ness, nounpi·quant·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for piquant

piquant
/ (ˈpiːkənt, -kɑːnt) /

adjective

having an agreeably pungent or tart taste
lively or stimulating to the mind

Derived forms of piquant

piquancy or rare piquantness, nounpiquantly, adverb

Word Origin for piquant

C16: from French (literally: prickling), from piquer to prick, goad; see pique 1
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