COBUILD Advanced British English Dictionary1. graded adjective & adjectiveFood that is piquant has a pleasantly spicy taste. [written] ⇒ ...a crisp mixed salad with an unusually piquant dressing.piquancy (piːkənsi
) uncount noun ⇒ A little mustard is served on the side to add further piquancy.2. graded adjective & adjectiveSomething that is piquant is interesting and exciting. [written] ⇒ There may well have been a piquant novelty about her books when they came out.piquancy
uncount noun ⇒ Piquancy was added to the situation because Dr Porter was then on the point of marrying Hugh Miller.