Definition of piquant in English:

piquant

Line breaks: pi|quant
Pronunciation: /ˈpiːk(ə)nt
 
, -kɒnt/

adjective

Derivatives

piquantly

adverb
More example sentences
  • In this well-written, lively, evocative memoir, she has produced a work that is as piquantly entertaining as her rasam recipe.
  • Sillito and the Academy give the agile and melting Petri excellent support, and while the engineering is warm, it allows the piquantly penetrating characters of the recorders to come through.
  • What piquantly captured the imagination of each, from competitor to consumer-to straw boss to newly outsourced consultant, was how all-inclusive the bench warrant was.

Origin

early 16th century (in the sense 'severe, bitter'): from French, literally 'stinging, pricking', present participle of piquer.

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