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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
Smart horror is turning out to be the piquant flavor of the season in smaller theater offerings.
What ensues arises from a deft and caring combination of engaging pantomimic gesture and demanding ballet dancing—here, simple pattern-making; there, piquant with the pointework favored in imperial Russia as signifying steel toes.
Nancy Floyd's daily photographic self-portraits over 35 years situate the artist in her home or work environment, delivering more piquant period flavor.
Musically, guests can expect a piquant blend of Armenian jazz and folk tunes.
The reader quickly grows comfortable inhabiting two worlds 30 years apart, and a piquant energy is kicked up by the contrasts: how the evolutions of one era’s ensemble shaped those of a later one.
Sauce piquant carries echoes of other cuisines, too, that have intermingled in Louisiana’s kitchens.
Whether in the dressing room or backstage, the conversation is authentically piquant in its shifts between confidence and uncertainty as discussions pivot among topics including masturbation, life ambitions and how to lose one’s virginity.
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.
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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.
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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