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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
This top one is notably intense and piquant, with juicy acidity, bright exotic fruit and green herbs—and for this season, the perfect name.
Confident Jennifer Lauren portrayed the Sugarplum Fairy as a regal queen shaping the intricacies of both the role’s piquant solo and its grand pas de deux with ease and surety.
The savory power of the meat’s unique marinade is already deep enough — the vertical rotisserie stack of layered pork and beef seasoned with oregano, garlic, coriander, and the unexpected piquant zing of anchovy.
Like its greasy spoon inspiration, though, Shake Shack anoints its burgers with a piquant secret sauce.
At my insistence, our first stop off the plane was a tiny ramen restaurant, where all the diners tucked their noses in earthenware bowls of the piquant pork-bone broth.
Gymkhana stands out from the pack thanks to its dialed-in preparations of piquant curries, kebabs, and more made from fine ingredients and spices to match.
Green Peppercorn French-Style is particularly delicious: tangy and slightly piquant, with a bright, fresh flavor.
Fallaci was a piquant, stylish beauty, self-consciously photogenic in the Joan Didion way, a midcentury woman writer vigilant about her public image.
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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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