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pi·quant

 (pē′kənt, -känt′, pē-känt′)
adj.
1. Pleasantly pungent or tart in taste; spicy.
2. Appealingly provocative; charming: a piquant wit; a piquant face.
3. Causing hurt feelings; stinging: "people with equally piquant opinions about obesity, appearance and American doublespeak about weight" (Virginia Heffernan).

[French, from Old French, present participle of piquer, to prick; see pique.]

pi′quan·cy, pi′quant·ness n.
pi′quant·ly adv.

piquant

(ˈpiːkənt; -kɑːnt)
adj
1. having an agreeably pungent or tart taste
2. lively or stimulating to the mind
[C16: from French (literally: prickling), from piquer to prick, goad; see pique1]
ˈpiquancy, ˈpiquantness n
ˈpiquantly adv

pi•quant

(ˈpi kənt, -kɑnt, piˈkɑnt)

adj.
1. agreeably pungent or sharp in taste.
2. of an interestingly provocative or lively character: a piquant wit.
3. Archaic. sharp or stinging, esp. to the feelings.
[1645–55; < French: literally, pricking (see pique1, -ant); replacing pickante < Italian piccante]
pi′quan•cy, pi′quant•ness, n.
pi′quant•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.piquant - having an agreeably pungent tastepiquant - having an agreeably pungent taste  
tasty - pleasing to the sense of taste; "a tasty morsel"
2.piquant - engagingly stimulating or provocative; "a piquant wit"; "salty language"
stimulating - rousing or quickening activity or the senses; "a stimulating discussion"
3.piquant - attracting or delighting; "an engaging frankness"; "a piquant face with large appealing eyes"
attractive - pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm; "a remarkably attractive young man"; "an attractive personality"; "attractive clothes"; "a book with attractive illustrations"

piquant

adjective
1. spicy, biting, sharp, stinging, tart, savoury, pungent, tangy, highly-seasoned, peppery, zesty, with a kick (informal), acerb a mixed salad with a piquant dressing
spicy mild, bland, insipid
2. interesting, spirited, stimulating, lively, sparkling, provocative, salty, racy, scintillating There was a piquant novelty about her books.
interesting boring, dull, tame, bland, banal, uninteresting, insipid, vapid

piquant

adjective
Affecting the organs of taste or smell with a strong and often harsh sensation:
Archaic: poignant.
Translations
، حاد، حَريف ، مُثير للشَّهِيَّه
pikantní
pikantskarp
bragîskarpur, sem kitlar bragîlaukana
pikantiškaipikantiškaspikantiškumas
pikants

piquant

[ˈpiːkənt] ADJ [taste] → fuerte; [humour] → corrosivo, ácido; [situation] → con chispa, con gracia

piquant

[ˈpiːkənt] adj
[sauce, dressing] → piquant(e)
[irony] → piquant(e)

piquant

adj (lit, fig)pikant

piquant

[ˈpiːkənt] adj (sauce) → piccante; (situation) → intrigante
a piquant charm → un fascino strano

piquant

(ˈpiːkənt) adjective
sharp in taste; appetizing. a piquant sauce; a piquant (= exciting or interesting) situation.
ˈpiquantly adverb
ˈpiquancy noun
References in classic literature ?
On his way home from his dull call, he would perhaps meet Tony and Lena, coming along the sidewalk whispering to each other, or the three Bohemian Marys in their long plush coats and caps, comporting themselves with a dignity that only made their eventful histories the more piquant.
She had a round, sly, piquant face and pretty black eyes.
Neither did her face--with the brown ringlets on either side, and the slightly piquant nose, and the wholesome bloom, and the clear shade of tan, and the half dozen freckles, friendly remembrances of the April sun and breeze--precisely give us a right to call her beautiful.
There was something so piquant and original in these elucidations of humanity, that Mr.
It gives to the wearer a singularly piquant and alluring aspect.
This kind of unflinching frankness was the most piquant form of joke to the company at the Rainbow, and Ben Winthrop's insult was felt by everybody to have capped Mr.
Is it not, indeed, a fascinating little story, with its piquant contrasts and its wild love-at-all-costs?
A tilt of the head as she emphasized some maternal admonition to the passive Geeka revealed occasionally a rounded cheek or a piquant little chin.
Besides, here is a piquant FRICANDEAU and a fillet of beef.
Then they began to pass around the dusky, piquant, Arlesian sausages, and lobsters in their dazzling red cuirasses, prawns of large size and brilliant color, the echinus with its prickly outside and dainty morsel within, the clovis, esteemed by the epicures of the South as more than rivalling the exquisite flavor of the oyster, -- all the delicacies, in fact, that are cast up by the wash of waters on the sandy beach, and styled by the grateful fishermen "fruits of the sea.
Were such the custom now, perchance we might find materials for a no less piquant sketch than the above.
As to his good looks, I should have liked to have a woman's opinion on that subject; it seemed to me that his face might produce the same effect on a lady that a very piquant and interesting, though scarcely pretty, female face would on a man.