There are 3 definitions of pique in English:

pique1

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Pronunciation: /piːk
 
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noun

[mass noun]

verb (piques, piquing, piqued)

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  • 1 [with object] Arouse (interest or curiosity): with his scientific curiosity piqued, he was looking forward to being able to analyse his find
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    • Curiosity piqued my harbored interest and I stole a glance at myself, to see what others saw of me.
    • This piques my scientific curiosity and I make a mental note to ask my rather strange-looking hostess about it.
    • Even those with only a passing interest in the subject matter should find something to pique their curiosity within.
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  • 3 (pique oneself) • archaic Pride oneself: men, who are thought to pique themselves upon their Wit
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    • He piqued himself on being so with them more than with any one else.
    • He piqued himself, indeed, upon his courtesy.

Origin

mid 16th century (denoting animosity between two or more people): from French piquer 'prick, irritate'.

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There are 3 definitions of pique in English:

pique2

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noun

  • (In piquet) the scoring of 30 points on declarations and play before one’s opponent scores anything. Compare with repique.
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    • A player who scores 30 in declarations and play before his opponent scores anything gains a pique, which is worth 30 extra.

verb (piques, piquing, piqued)

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  • Score a pique against (one’s opponent).

Origin

mid 17th century: from French pic, from the Old French sense 'stabbing blow', of unknown ultimate origin.

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piqué

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noun

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  • Stiff fabric, typically cotton, woven in a strongly ribbed or raised pattern: a white cotton piqué shirt
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    • Bloomies' spring hats range from fun and practical (how about a red Lacoste rain hat or a pink cotton piqué cap?) to stylish straws and felts.
    • Pink Lacoste or Ralph Lauren piqué polo shirts were probably the biggest sellers and they reflected the image of a distinguished and well-mannered preppy boy.
    • Whether you're going to work or hitting hole-in-ones with your buddies, polo piqué T-shirts are where it's at.

Origin

mid 19th century: from French, literally 'backstitched', past participle of piquer.

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