from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Pleasantly pungent or tart in taste; spicy.
- adj. Appealingly provocative: a piquant wit.
- adj. Charming, interesting, or attractive: a piquant face.
- adj. Archaic Causing hurt feelings; stinging.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Engaging; charming.
- adj. Favorably stimulating to the palate; pleasantly spicy; stimulating.
- adj. Causing hurt feelings; scathing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Stimulating to the taste; giving zest; tart; sharp; pungent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of an agreeable pungency or sharpness of taste or flavor; sharp; stinging; biting: as, sauce piquant.
- Of a smart, lively, racy, or sparkling nature; keenly interesting, or fitted to produce a sudden or keen interest; “taking”: as, a piquant anecdote: a piquant manner; a piquant style of female beauty; a piquant hat.
- That pierces or wounds, or is fitted to pierce or wound; stinging; sharp or cutting to the feelings; biting; keen; pungent; severe.
- Synonyms Poignant, etc. See pungent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having an agreeably pungent taste
- adj. attracting or delighting
- adj. engagingly stimulating or provocative
French, from Old French, present participle of piquer, to prick; see pique.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle French piquant ("pricking, stimulating, irritating"), from Old French piquer ("to prick, sting, nettle"). Related to pike. (Wiktionary)