from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tightly woven fabric with various raised patterns, produced especially by a double warp.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of ribbed or corded fabric.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Slightly soured; beginning to have an acid taste: said of wine which has been exposed to heat, or left insufficiently corked. Also pricked.
  • n. A cotton material so woven as to have a small pattern in relief, usually rather thick and stiff, used for waistcoats, children's clothing, etc.
  • n. The pattern produced by quilting with the needle, consisting of slightly raised parts between the depressions caused by the rows of stitches. Also called French quilting.
  • n. A similar pattern in slight relief obtained in weaving, as in the material called piqué (see def. 1).
  • n. Same as piqué-work.
  • In music, same as picchetato.
  • n. In billiards, a draw, with the cue held almost perpendicularly, necessitated by the nearness of the cue-ball to an obstructing ball or cushion. It often passes for a massé. See massé.


French, past participle of piquer, to quilt, from Old French, to backstitch, prick; see pique.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, literally 'backstitched', past participle of piquer (Wiktionary)


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