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Examples of piquant in a Sentence
piquant vegetables seasoned with pepper
He served the fish with a piquant sauce.
a piquant bit of gossip
Recent Examples of piquant from the Web
Sorrell led her instrumentalists with vigor and a fine ear for Monteverdi's piquant musical textures, and the chorus, in simple costumes reminiscent of Greek pastoral garb, was pitch-perfect.
Her character is a conscience-free, homicidal opportunist who steals the ID off a doomed crewman during the alien attack and henceforth becomes Dr. Z. Smith, psychologist, a character to whom the actress applies a piquant touch of pure insanity.
From the fertile plains of coastal Venezie to the alpine peaks of Alto Adige, the zone is best known to Americans for its refreshing pinot grigios and piquant proseccos.
Make this piquant lunchtime dish with items right from your pantry: marinara sauce, chili seasoning, chipotle peppers and bread crumbs.
The piquant Madame Helene Bouilloux-Lafont served as directrice, helping to raise the necessary funds, and Bettina joined the small team, acting as muse, mannequin, and vendeuse of his house when the establishment opened on February 2, 1952.
Memling’s precise delineation, incorporation of landscape backgrounds, piquant detail, and glowing color in oil glazes became aspects of Wood’s style.
On a spicier note, diners will also find bun bo Hue, a piquant, meaty soup that hails from the coast of central Vietnam.
The quirky rhythms, piquant dissonances and angular melodies that distinguish so many of Monk’s compositions render them unlike anyone else’s and, therefore, ever fresh.
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Did You Know?
Piquant flavors "sting" the tongue and piquant words "prick" the intellect, arousing interest. These varying senses reflect the etymology of the word piquant, which first appeared in English in the 17th century and which derives from the Middle French verb piquer, meaning "to sting" or "to prick." Though first used to describe foods with spicy flavors, the word is now often used to describe things that are spicy in other ways, such as engaging conversation. Have we piqued your curiosity about another piquer offspring? If you’ve already guessed that the verb pique, meaning "to offend" or "to arouse by provocation," comes from piquer, too, you’ve got a sharp mind.
Origin and Etymology of piquant
First Known Use: 1616See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of piquant
- a cheese with a pungent odor
- a piquant sauce
- felt a poignant sense of loss
- spontaneous, racy prose
PIQUANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of piquant for English Language Learners
: having a pleasant, spicy taste
: interesting and exciting
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