- a fabric of cotton, spun rayon, or silk, woven lengthwise with raised cords.
- Ballet. a step in which the dancer steps onto the tip of the toe without bending the knee.
- ornamentation by means of punched or stippled patterns, sometimes inlaid with metal, ivory, tortoise shell, etc.
- (of glove seams and gloves) stitched through lapping edges.
- decorated with inlay: a piqué box.
Origin of piqué
- a close-textured fabric of cotton, silk, or spun rayon woven with lengthwise ribs
- a feeling of resentment or irritation, as from having one's pride wounded
- to cause to feel resentment or irritation
- to excite or arouse
- (foll by on or upon) to pride or congratulate (oneself)
- a score of 30 points made by a player from a combination of cards held before play begins and from play while his opponent's score is nil
- to score a pique (against)
Word Origin and History for piqué
1530s, "fit of ill feeling," from Middle French pique "a prick, sting, irritation," noun of action from piquer (see pike (n.2)).
"to excite to anger," 1670s, from French piquer "to prick, sting" (see pike (n.2)). Softened meaning "to stimulate, excite" is from 1690s. Related: Piqued; piquing.