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ˈpi kənt, -kɑnt, piˈkɑntpi·quant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. piquant, savory, savoury, spicy, zestyadjective

    having an agreeably pungent taste

  2. piquant, saltyadjective

    engagingly stimulating or provocative

    "a piquant wit"; "salty language"

  3. engaging, piquantadjective

    attracting or delighting

    "an engaging frankness"; "a piquant face with large appealing eyes"


  1. piquantadjective

    Engaging; charming.

    Etymology: piquant, from piquer. Related to pike.

  2. piquantadjective

    Favorably stimulating to the palate; pleasantly spicy; stimulating.

    Etymology: piquant, from piquer. Related to pike.

  3. piquantadjective

    Causing hurt feelings; scathing.

    Etymology: piquant, from piquer. Related to pike.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Piquantadjective

    stimulating to the taste; giving zest; tart; sharp; pungent; as, a piquant anecdote

    Etymology: [F., p. pr. of piquer to prick or sting. See Pike.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Piquant

    pē′kant, adj. stimulating to the taste: of a lively spark.—n. Piq′uancy.—adv. Piq′uantly. [Fr. piquant, pr.p. of piquer, to prick.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of piquant in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of piquant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of piquant in a Sentence

  1. James Baldwin:

    Americans, unhappily, have the most remarkable ability to alchemize all bitter truths into an innocuous but piquant confection and to transform their moral contradictions, or public discussion of such contradictions, into a proud decoration, such as are given for heroism on the battle field.

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