What does pique mean?

Definitions for piquepɪˈkeɪ, pi-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pique(noun)

    tightly woven fabric with raised cords

  2. pique, temper, irritation(verb)

    a sudden outburst of anger

    "his temper sparked like damp firewood"

  3. pique, offend(verb)

    cause to feel resentment or indignation

    "Her tactless remark offended me"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pique(noun)

    a cotton fabric, figured in the loom, -- used as a dress goods for women and children, and for vestings, etc

  2. Pique(noun)

    the jigger. See Jigger

  3. Pique(noun)

    a feeling of hurt, vexation, or resentment, awakened by a social slight or injury; irritation of the feelings, as through wounded pride; stinging vexation

  4. Pique(noun)

    keenly felt desire; a longing

  5. Pique(noun)

    in piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one

  6. Pique(verb)

    to wound the pride of; to sting; to nettle; to irritate; to fret; to offend; to excite to anger

  7. Pique(verb)

    to excite to action by causing resentment or jealousy; to stimulate; to prick; as, to pique ambition, or curiosity

  8. Pique(verb)

    to pride or value; -- used reflexively

  9. Pique(verb)

    to cause annoyance or irritation

  10. Origin: [F., p. p. of piquer to prick.]


  1. Piqué

    Piqué, or marcella, refers to a weaving style, normally used with cotton yarn, which is characterized by raised parallel cords or fine ribbing. Twilled cotton and corded cotton are close relatives. The weave closely associated with white tie, and some accounts even say the fabric was invented specifically for this use. It holds more starch than plain fabric, so produces a stiffer shirt front. Marcella shirts then replaced earlier plain fronts, which remain a valid alternative. Marcella's use then spread to other parts of the dress code and it is now the most common fabric used in the tie and waistcoat of white tie. A knit fabric with a similar texture is used in polo shirts. Marcella weaving was developed by the Lancashire cotton industry in the late 18th century as a mechanised technique of weaving double cloth with an enclosed heavy cording weft. It was originally used to make imitations of the corded Provençal quilts made in Marseille, the manufacture of which became an important industry for Lancashire from the late 18th to the early 20th century. The term "marcella" is one of a number of variations on the word "Marseille". Pique fabrics are a type of dobby construction. Piques may be constructed in various patterns such as cord, waffle, honeycomb and birdseye piques. These fabrics require the addition of extra yarns, called stuffer yarns. These stuffer yarns are incorporated into the back of the fabric to give texture and added depth to the fabric design. Some piques may be made using the Jacquard attachment on the loom. Although made of 100% cotton to-day, cotton-silk and even pure silk versions were made in the past and in a variety of weaves.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pique

    pēk, n. an offence taken: a feeling of anger or vexation caused by wounded pride: spite: nicety: punctilio.—v.t. to wound the pride of: to offend: to pride or value (one's self):—pr.p. piq′uing; pa.t. and pa.p. piqued. [Fr. pique, a pike, pique; cf. Pick and Pike.]

  2. Piqué

    pē-kā′, n. a heavy cotton fabric having a surface corded or with a raised lozenge pattern: a similar pattern produced by quilting with the needle.—n. Piqué-work. [Fr.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pique in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pique in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Violaine Gueritault:

    What I'm interested in is for this experience to be a springboard for them, some sort of catalyst, just to open a door, to just make them aware that this exists and just to kind of like pique their curiosity, it's a lifelong skill.

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