• WordNet 3.6
    • adj piquant attracting or delighting "an engaging frankness","a piquant face with large appealing eyes"
    • adj piquant engagingly stimulating or provocative "a piquant wit","salty language"
    • adj piquant having an agreeably pungent taste
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Piquant Stimulating to the taste; giving zest; tart; sharp; pungent; as, a piquant anecdote. "As piquant to the tongue as salt.""Piquant railleries."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • piquant Of an agreeable pungency or sharpness of taste or flavor; sharp; stinging; biting: as, sauce piquant.
    • piquant Of a smart, lively, racy, or sparkling nature; keenly interesting, or fitted to produce a sudden or keen interest; “taking”: as, a piquant anecdote: a piquant manner; a piquant style of female beauty; a piquant hat.
    • piquant That pierces or wounds, or is fitted to pierce or wound; stinging; sharp or cutting to the feelings; biting; keen; pungent; severe.
    • piquant Synonyms Poignant, etc. See pungent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Piquant pē′kant stimulating to the taste: of a lively spark
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., p. pr. of piquer, to prick or sting. See Pike
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. piquant, pr.p. of piquer, to prick.


In literature:

It is piquant, forcible, and good-natured.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
And yet, of whose face did hers piquantly remind him?
"The Heather-Moon" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Her papers were favourably received, being pointed and piquant.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Do not be dazzled by a handsome face, an agreeable address, a brilliant or piquant manner.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
It is not easy to give an accurate pen-picture of a young and pretty girl who is bright, vivacious, piquant, tender, sweet and lovable.
"Pocket Island" by Charles Clark Munn
She was finding the conversation piquantly interesting.
"Jane Journeys On" by Ruth Comfort Mitchell
Her face was piquant but not intellectual, and scarcely beautiful.
"Wayside Courtships" by Hamlin Garland
Seen together, the lovers offered a piquant contrast.
"Captain Mansana and Mother's Hands" by Björnstjerne Björnson
This lively and piquant dialogue is carried on by the Council of State, the Corps Legislatif and the Senate.
"Napoleon the Little" by Victor Hugo
What an odd, piquant creature she was!
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas

In poetry:

You may think my life is quiet.
I find it full of change,
An ever-varied diet,
As piquant as 'tis strange.
"The Riot" by Gamaliel Bradford
Minnie thinks her Jack is noble
Tho’ he takes a "whiskey slug!"
Minnie’s nose Jack thinks is piquant,
When in truth its only pug.
"Fools" by Joseph Warren Watson
If when deeplier we would look
Into that half-open book,
Thou dost close it, Slyest Saint!
More to tempt us by restraint;
Is'nt this, Flavilla!—grant—
Is'nt this to be piquant?
"La Piquante" by John Kenyon
But this is concocted by rules so complete;
Though piquant, is healthy and easy digested;
And if you will note it as slowly we eat,
The contents I'll give for our friends interested.
"Mrs. Merdle Discourseth Of Hygiene And Fish Sauce" by Horatio Alger Jr

In news:

The quality of the seafood is key in this lemony, piquant dish.
I have been reading about pairing sweet, luscious strawberries with piquant balsamic vinegar for quite sometime now and I thought it would be fun to try them out in a salad together.
Feeling piquant in Spokane Valley.
Elaine Evans' Piquant Pumpkin Pie.
Chefs' Secrets: Piquant pot roast.
Chefs' Secrets: Piquant pot roast .
A classic piquant sauce to serve with fish, prepared any way you like.
A bright re-styling of a deli classic, meant to pair with a piquant white.
Drizzled with a sherry sauce, piquant with a hint of jalapeños and sweetened with a touch of orange, a trio of these patties makes a hearty main course paired with Pinot Blanc.
The piquant raisins are a great accompaniment to roasted poultry or pork as well as veal.
Ben Folds's piquant piano-pop has always been at his best when balancing snark and sincerity in equal measure.
This piquant sauce is easy to prepare and tastes great on sandwiches and grilled meats too.
Writer-editor Windsor Mann has collected many of writer-pundit-provocateur Christopher Hitchens' most piquant quips in a subject-spanning volume subtitled "From Alcohol to Zionism.".
So owner/chef Tommy Klauber created a brand-new appetizer: Seared Duck Breast Satay with a piquant chili and ginger glaze.