• WordNet 3.6
    • n piquantness the quality of being agreeably stimulating or mentally exciting
    • n piquantness a tart spicy quality
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In literature:

Pretty and piquant, still it was no doll's face.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
His expression of piquant surprise was intensified as he now turned to the Americans.
"Aunt Jane's Nieces in the Red Cross" by Edith Van Dyne
The story of the bloomer is piquant.
"The Business of Being a Woman" by Ida M. Tarbell
The contrast has always, I confess, seemed to me a piquant one.
"Life of Charles Dickens" by Frank Marzials
Altogether it was a piquant period in Page's life.
"The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume I" by Burton J. Hendrick
It was for me; and it was meant to be a piquant little secret between us two.
"The Motor Maid" by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
I have heard his 'Faust' both at Leipsic and Dresden, and am charmed with that refined, piquant music.
"Great Italian and French Composers" by George T. Ferris
Her eyes were, however, soft and dreamy, her smile piquant, her hair like gold-colored silk, and exquisitely long.
"Great Singers, Second Series" by George T. Ferris
Often a drop of irony into an indifferent situation renders the whole piquant.
"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
Madame Colleville was a Parisian, piquant, winning and pretty, as well as clever and ethereal.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe

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.
Craggy Range, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand is known for its vibrant, piquant sauvignon blancs and succulent pinot noirs, but the Hawkes Bay region on the north island is a super region for Bordeaux varieties like the ones in this wine.
Roasted over a wood fire and skinned, it becomes a soft, sweetly piquant purse that's filled with garlicky cod puree or with a sardine paste.
Elaine Evans' Piquant Pumpkin Pie.
Chefs' Secrets: Piquant pot roast.
Chefs' Secrets: Piquant pot roast .
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.
Before it evaporates into a big cloud of nothing, To Rome with Love is a piquant and engaging comedy following several disparate storylines, all set in Rome and tinged with a touch of magic realism.
This thick curry, the color of Texas chili beans, was flavored with whole and ground spices , and mildly piquant.