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.
- pi·quan·cy, pi·quant·ness, noun
- pi·quant·ly, adverb
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How to use piquant in a sentence
The actors assembled for “You Could Drive a Person Crazy” — Tracy Lynn Olivera, Awa Sal Secka and Katie Mariko Murray — carve a piquant new niche in the pantheon of stylish trios for this comic Andrews Sisters pastiche.Sondheim revue provides exhilarating warmth in cold, trying times | Peter Marks | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
The more piquant your vinegar, the more oil you’ll need to counter it, but go by what tastes good to you.
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 | Mark Jacobson | March 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That she also has a West African background, like alleged victim Nafissatou Diallo, only makes her testimony more piquant.
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.
What is so piquant here is not the fact that Hillary understands that Obama is president.
Her movements were free, her figure dainty and her repartee, below her mask, more than usually piquant.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
Their conversation is certainly tamer and less piquant than that of the American or the French ladies.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
The book contains a mass of good material, with original characterization, and is written in a style piquant and clever.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
Nothing can be more suave, piquant, and picturesque than the wild and primitive melodies of the songs of Scotland.Friend Mac Donald | Max O'Rell
Madame Colleville was a Parisian, piquant, winning and pretty, as well as clever and ethereal.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
British Dictionary definitions for piquant
having an agreeably pungent or tart taste
lively or stimulating to the mind
- piquancy or rare piquantness, noun
- piquantly, adverb