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 But all cooking methods involve a pre-cooking spice rub that deeply infuses the meat with flavor, and a finishing sauce that gives it additional sweetness, heat, and piquancy. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Labor less this Labor Day with a pulled pork feast," 31 Aug. 2020 So here’s an easy potato salad whose piquancy is assertive enough to go mano a mano with the rich taste of the ribeye, and yet filled with enough indulgent flavors of its own to deserve a place on the plate. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Fourth of July grilling: Raising the stakes with steak," 29 June 2020 Taste again, and finally add an acid, a little at a time (consider a wine vinegar/lemon juice combination - just enough to add freshness and piquancy). Beth Segal, cleveland, "Lettuce 2.0: In and out of the salad bowl," 16 June 2020 The slower central movement injects a bit more harmonic piquancy. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Serenades suave and spirited from the Dallas Chamber Symphony," 12 Feb. 2020 Nibs yield pops of piquancy and soft crunch in vinaigrettes and dressings. Sue Quinn, Washington Post, "Go ahead, have chocolate for dinner: Why you should cook with it, and not just dessert," 4 Oct. 2019 This trend in liquid pleasure suggests a preference for quaffs of difficult piquancy and upright pedigree. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "How the Orange-Wine Fad Became an Irresistible Assault on Pleasure," 7 Sep. 2019 Their natural piquancy lessens with exposure to heat. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "The art of finishing sauces for fish," 5 June 2019 Once again the impression that these people are at once real and fictional adds piquancy to the dialogue, which aims not to set forth verities but to pursue conjectures. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "‘Diderot’ Review: Wherever His Mind Led Him," 15 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of piquancy

1664, in the meaning defined above

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“Piquancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piquancy. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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