Adjective "piquant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having a pleasantly sharp taste or appetizing flavour.
  1. 'The fresh pesto sauce added a lovely piquant flavour.'
  2. 'The duck was lovely and the pork, apricot and Stilton stuffing gave a piquant twist to the flavour.'
  3. 'Madame judged her fish as excellent and the potato salad was piquant and very tasty.'
  4. 'Herbs and spices add a piquant taste that ketchup can't match.'
  5. '‘The toast was overdone, but the chicken had a piquant flavour,’ he said.'
  6. 'They add a sharp, pungent flavour to dishes with a piquant base.'
  7. 'However, despite the pain and fearful reactions by some, it is possible to create and balance flavors in piquant foods.'
  8. 'The spinach soup had a deep, dark colour, and was flavoured with the strong, piquant, earthy spices of Kerala.'
  9. 'Both cheeses deliver a rich, piquant taste, and each is also offered in a variety of sizes and forms.'
  10. 'This cheese usually has tangy, piquant, spicy and peppery flavor.'
  11. 'Not only is the flavouring piquant but the structure of the movements and the material in development sturdy and, for us, rewarding to absorb.'
  12. 'The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy was given a piquant performance, proving itself a wonderful display piece for a grand pipe organ.'
  13. 'This experience was on display in a lithe, nicely proportioned performance of the Overture to Rossini's L' Italiana in Algeri (with a piquant oboe solo by Melanie Feld).'
  14. 'Stocking four flavours of dishy, piquant womanhood, it treated the audience to one tasty conundrum after another.'
  15. 'Because self-improvement tastes best with a piquant little sprinkle of something self-defeating on top.'
  16. 'Les Noces is one of the Ballets Russes’ most piquant works.'
  17. 'The album begins promisingly with ‘Built for Sin,’ a short instrumental with menacing, skulking riffs, and Carcass-style piquant harmonies.'
  18. 'One might expect McQuade to render a piquant gendered fiction, a story of aesthetically pluralistic feminist intervention, a ‘swerving’ into the genealogies of our fathers.'
  19. 'All in all, this is a good middle of the road recording whose flavoring is more sweet than piquant, and whose intention is more to please than to inspire.'


1. agreeably pungent or sharp in taste or flavor; pleasantly biting or tart: a piquant aspic.

2. agreeably stimulating, interesting, or attractive: a piquant glance.

3. of an interestingly provocative or lively character: a piquant wit.

4. Archaic. sharp or stinging, especially to the feelings.

More examples(as adjective)

"films can be piquant for times."

"sauces can be piquant."

"moments can be piquant."

"mushrooms can be piquant."

"visionaries can be piquant."

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Early 16th century (in the sense ‘severe, bitter’): from French, literally ‘stinging, pricking’, present participle of piquer.