Definition of Piquant

1. Adjective. Having an agreeably pungent taste.

Exact synonyms: Savory, Savoury, Spicy, Zesty
Similar to: Tasty
Derivative terms: Savoriness, Savory, Savour, Savoury, Spiciness, Zest



2. Adjective. Engagingly stimulating or provocative. "Salty language"
Exact synonyms: Salty
Similar to: Stimulating
Derivative terms: Saltiness

3. Adjective. Attracting or delighting. "A piquant face with large appealing eyes"
Exact synonyms: Engaging
Similar to: Attractive

Definition of Piquant

1. a. Stimulating to the taste; giving zest; tart; sharp; pungent; as, a piquant anecdote.

Definition of Piquant

1. Adjective. Engaging; charming. ¹

2. Adjective. Favorably stimulating to the palate; pleasantly spicy; stimulating. ¹

3. Adjective. (archaic) Causing hurt feelings; scathing. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Piquant

1. having an agreeably sharp taste [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Piquant

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Literary usage of Piquant

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1. John Bull & Co.: The Great Colonial Branches of the Firm: Canada, Australia by Max O'Rell (1894)
"... ones we shall see the typical Australian, the pioneer of British civilisation. There is nothing very piquant in Australia, unless it be the mosquitoes. ..."

2. The Autobiography, Times, Opinions, and Contemporaries of Sir Egerton by Sir Egerton Brydges (1834)
"... disregard of polish— No one can please all tastes—Authors should go their own way— piquant characters required in autobiography—Walpole's letters to Sir ..."

3. History of the Life and Times of James Madison by William Cabell Rives (1868)
"... in relation to them — Dignified and piquant Reply of Mr. Madison to Assaults on Virginia, and Extravagant Laudations of their own State by Messrs. ..."

4. Universal Pronouncing Dictionary of Biography and Mythology by Joseph Thomas (1901)
"Among his works is a piquant journal called " Semaines critiques," (4 vols., 1797.) Died in London in 1816. Se« the " Monthly Review," то!, ..."

5. Miscellanies by William Makepeace Thackeray (1877)
"It's twice ад piquant to make iun of a man under his very nose. CHAPTER XIX. My dear sir, I will show you — not all, for that is impossible — but several ..."

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