Origin of piquant
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|Mark Jacobson|March 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
Even grandmother laid claim to her, for she was delighted with her piquant description of places and people.A Little Girl of Long Ago|Amanda Millie Douglas
Cherry opened her portfolio, and showed two or three water-coloured drawings of the graceful little head and piquant features.The Pillars of the House, Vol. I (of 2)|Charlotte M. Yonge
It was plain that the girl was finding a piquant relish in the affair.Joan of Arc of the North Woods|Holman Day
Under some piquant provocation, too; for Poppy had just informed him, that she "didn't fancy his business."The Divine Fire|May Sinclair
The stories are fresh and piquant, and printed in good large type.A Gamble with Life|Silas K. Hocking
British Dictionary definitions for piquant
Word Origin for piquant
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)).