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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 ?
Is it not, indeed, a fascinating little story, with its piquant contrasts and its wild love-at-all-costs?
They continually invited me to partake of food, and when after eating heartily I declined the viands they continued to offer me, they seemed to think that my appetite stood in need of some piquant stimulant to excite its activity.
Were such the custom now, perchance we might find materials for a no less piquant sketch than the above.
"Your remarks are piquant and highly-seasoned, but you need a scattering of commonsense.
It was very fetching to make the girl propose in the course of being reunited, and Martin discovered, bit by bit, other decidedly piquant and fetching ruses.
Everybody knew by sight now the piquant little freckled face that had always a smile of greeting; and almost everybody knew of the "game" that Pollyanna was playing.
It gives to the wearer a singularly piquant and alluring aspect.
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.
Hunger is a luxury to us, a piquant, flavor-giving sauce.
A certain alertness seemed to have deserted her usually piquant face.
It would be the most piquant, the most wonderful cross examination every heard--the woman lying to save her honor and to achieve her vengeance; the man on trial for his life.
Slenderly penciled, a little darker than her light brown hair, they just fitted her irregular nose that was feminine but not weak, that if anything was piquant and that picturesquely might be declared impudent.