adjective \ˈpē-kənt, -ˌkänt; ˈpi-kwənt\

: having a pleasant, spicy taste

: interesting and exciting

Full Definition of PIQUANT

:  engagingly provocative; also :  having a lively arch charm
:  agreeably stimulating to the palate; especially :  spicy
pi·quant·ly adverb
pi·quant·ness noun

Examples of PIQUANT

  1. piquant vegetables seasoned with pepper
  2. He served the fish with a piquant sauce.
  3. a piquant bit of gossip

Origin of PIQUANT

Middle French, from present participle of piquer
First Known Use: 1616

Other Food Terms

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