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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
The good-looking writer will always be welcome on television and popular at parties; her story will seem more piquant, her emotional depths deeper.
Created by the piquant geniuses at the Tabasco Flavor Lab, Scorpion Sauce is a powerful blend of scorpion peppers combined with hints of guava, pineapple, and the original Tabasco sauce.
Its piquant jolt balances out the massive dose of savory from those thick slabs of pastrami.
Jarlsberg cheese pairs well with cranberry and sage and turns these biscuits into piquant buttery bites.
Fallaci was a piquant, stylish beauty, self-consciously photogenic in the Joan Didion way, a midcentury woman writer vigilant about her public image.
Ford’s new fragrance leads with piquant notes, built on briny notes culled from the ocean and then mixed with spicy pepper.
The third condition is the most piquant, especially given the warring nature of American politics today.
Green Peppercorn French-Style is particularly delicious: tangy and slightly piquant, with a bright, fresh flavor.
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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
Synonymspert, poignant, pungent, salty, savory (also savoury), zesty, zingy
Related Wordsracy, spicy; fiery, gingery, hot, peppery, vinegary; acute, keen; biting, bitter, cutting, mordant, trenchant; animating, energizing, enlightening, exciting, galvanizing, invigorating, piquing, provocative, provoking; ambrosial, appetizing, delectable, delicious, luscious, palatable, scrumptious, toothsome; flavorful, savorous, tasty; absorbing, arresting, engaging, engrossing, enthralling, fascinating, gripping, interesting, intriguing, riveting
Near Antonymsflat, flavorless, savorless, tasteless; arid, banal, barren, boring, colorless, drab, dreary, dry, dull, flat, humdrum, leaden, monotonous, numbing, pedestrian, ponderous, predictable, stale, stodgy, tedious, tiring, uninteresting, wearisome, wearying; bland, dilute, thin, watery, weak
Synonym Discussion of piquant
- a cheese with a pungent odor
- a piquant sauce
- felt a poignant sense of loss
- spontaneous, racy prose
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