from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Piquant quality.
  • noun Keenness; sharpness; tartness; severity, as of remark or utterance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being piquant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The degree to which something is piquant, stimulating or exciting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a tart spicy quality
  • noun the quality of being agreeably stimulating or mentally exciting


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  • The piquancy of the evening was refreshing. ~Sera

    Good usage?

    August 15, 2007

  • I'm not so sure it works, but I've only ever heard it in terms of food, so I'm not a great judge.

    August 16, 2007