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piqué

[pi-key, pee-; French pee-key]
noun, plural pi·qués [pi-keyz, pee-; French pee-key] /pɪˈkeɪz, pi-; French piˈkeɪ/ for 2.
  1. a fabric of cotton, spun rayon, or silk, woven lengthwise with raised cords.
  2. Ballet. a step in which the dancer steps onto the tip of the toe without bending the knee.
  3. ornamentation by means of punched or stippled patterns, sometimes inlaid with metal, ivory, tortoise shell, etc.
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adjective
  1. (of glove seams and gloves) stitched through lapping edges.
  2. decorated with inlay: a piqué box.
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Also pique.

Origin of piqué

1830–40; < French, past participle of piquer to quilt, prick; see pique1
Can be confusedpeak peek pique piqué
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British Dictionary definitions for piqué

piqué

noun
  1. a close-textured fabric of cotton, silk, or spun rayon woven with lengthwise ribs
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Word Origin

C19: from French piqué pricked, from piquer to prick

pique1

noun
  1. a feeling of resentment or irritation, as from having one's pride wounded
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verb piques, piquing or piqued (tr)
  1. to cause to feel resentment or irritation
  2. to excite or arouse
  3. (foll by on or upon) to pride or congratulate (oneself)
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Word Origin

C16: from French, from piquer to prick, sting; see pick 1

pique2

noun
  1. 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
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verb
  1. to score a pique (against)
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Word Origin

C17: from French pic, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for piqué

pique

n.

1530s, "fit of ill feeling," from Middle French pique "a prick, sting, irritation," noun of action from piquer (see pike (n.2)).

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pique

v.

"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.

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