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English translation of 'piquant'

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[pikɑ̃ ]
Word forms: piquant, piquante
1.  (au toucher) prickly
2.  [moutarde, sauce] hot
3.  (figurative) [description, style] racy
4.  (mordant, caustique)
[remarque] cutting
[humour] biting
masculine noun
1.  (épine) thornprickle
2.  [de hérisson] quillspine
3.  [de plat] spiciness
4.  [de récit] spice

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Example Sentences Including 'piquant'

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A trois cents mètres, les tours s'éclairent au hasard des occupants, piquant la nuit d'alvéoles lumineux.
Basset-Chercot, Pascal Le baptême du boiteux
C'est la fin de l'hiver dans l'hémisphère sud, mais le froid est encore piquant.
Collectif (Edel, Patrick & Wolfram, Bernard) Carnets d'aventures, Spécial, 2/1989
Il lui manque certes le fameux grain de beauté piquant le haut du menton (légèrement à gauche).
Le Monde (2001)
Mais un homme de droite qui se piquant de philosophie s'efforce de réfléchir avant de solliciter le droit d'agir.
Le Monde (1999)
Mais, liberté, on peut aussi bien choisir une couleur qui réveille, comme un orange piquant.
Marie Claire
Or celui -ci ne se décrète pas à plaisir et comme pour rehausser le piquant d'une campagne électorale.
Le Nouvel Observateur (2002)

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'piquant' in Other Languages

British English: pungent ADJECTIVE
Something that is pungent has a strong, sharp smell or taste which is often so strong that it is unpleasant.
The more herbs you use, the more pungent the sauce will be.
  • American English: pungent
  • Brazilian Portuguese: pungente
  • Chinese: 刺鼻的
  • European Spanish: acre
  • French: piquant
  • German: scharf
  • Italian: forte
  • Japanese: 刺すように刺激する
  • Korean: 톡 쏘는듯 자극적인
  • European Portuguese: pungente
  • Spanish: acre

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