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piquant (ˈpiːkənt Pronunciation for piquant ; -kɑːnt) 

Definitions

adjective

  1. having an agreeably pungent or tart taste
  2. lively or stimulating to the mind

Derived Forms

ˈpiquancy, (rare) ˈpiquantness noun
ˈpiquantly adverb

Word Origin

C16: from French (literally: prickling), from piquer to prick, goad; see pique1

Synonyms

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= spicy, biting, sharp, stinging, tart, savoury, pungent, tangy, highly-seasoned, peppery, zesty, with a kick, acerb,

Example Sentences Including 'piquant'

Anyway, there was an air of insouciance about the sandwiches; she spent time thinking up new piquant fillings.
Salley Vickers MR GOLIGHTLY'S HOLIDAY (2003)
The beef was rare and soft as butter, the bread still warm from the oven, the cheese ripe and piquant.
Clive Barker EVERVILLE (2001)

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