piquancy

noun
pi·​quan·​cy | \ ˈpē-kən(t)-sē How to pronounce piquancy (audio) , ˈpi-kwən(t)- \

Definition of piquancy

: the quality or state of being piquant

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Examples of piquancy in a Sentence

a talk show host known for the quickness and piquancy of his wit I appreciated the piquancy of the peppers in the sauce.
Recent Examples on the Web Locking eyes with assistant concertmaster Elita Kang and Tamestit in turn, Kavakos accented the music with piquancy. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2022 For instance, ginger syrup, made at home or purchased, provides piquancy; so does a teaspoonful of cider, either apple cider or another sort. Carol Deptolla, Journal Sentinel, 5 Aug. 2022 The Baltimore dialogue still has Old Bay piquancy, and some strong performances kick scenes to life. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 24 Apr. 2022 Finally, a dose of horseradish gives the sauce a welcome piquancy. Christopher Kimball, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 Adding piquancy to the current boycott is that it’s being done by reliable recent and future Olympic host nations. Graham Dunbar, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Dec. 2021 Adding piquancy to the current boycott is that it’s being done by reliable recent and future Olympic host nations. Graham Dunbar, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Dec. 2021 Adding piquancy to the current boycott is that it’s being done by reliable recent and future Olympic host nations. Graham Dunbar, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Dec. 2021 Adding piquancy to the current boycott is that it’s being done by reliable recent and future Olympic host nations. Graham Dunbar, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of piquancy

1664, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of piquancy was in 1664

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Last Updated

12 Aug 2022

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“Piquancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piquancy. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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