piquant was our Word of the Day on 04/16/2012. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
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
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.
Some piquant comedy sketch work and an obvious affinity for Westerns are not enough to fill out the nearly two hours of Damsel.
In the heat gun, spicy mescal and a piquant salt rim are soothed by aloe.
The crustaceans produce a piquant aroma while the red vegetable adds a layer of acidity and hint of sourness to the soup.
Prince met with Steve Bannon prior to this meeting, something that Democrats on the committee found piquant as well.
This adds a piquant note to Smith's account of his life.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'piquant.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up piquant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).