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[pi-key, pee-; French pee-key] /pɪˈkeɪ, pi-; French piˈkeɪ/
noun, plural piqués
[pi-keyz, pee-; French pee-key] /pɪˈkeɪz, pi-; French piˈkeɪ/ (Show IPA),
for 2.
a fabric of cotton, spun rayon, or silk, woven lengthwise with raised cords.
Ballet. a step in which the dancer steps onto the tip of the toe without bending the knee.
ornamentation by means of punched or stippled patterns, sometimes inlaid with metal, ivory, tortoise shell, etc.
(of glove seams and gloves) stitched through lapping edges.
decorated with inlay:
a piqué box.
Also, pique.
Origin of piqué
1830-40; < French, past participle of piquer to quilt, prick; see pique1
Can be confused
peak, peek, pique, piqué. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Work any Berlin wool work pattern in the common cross stitch over the ribs of the piqué.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
  • Those of grey jade are often piqué with gold, others, of ivory, being inlaid with jewels.

    Chats on Household Curios Fred W. Burgess
  • Doubly difficult if one were perched upon a sharp-angled cube, and one's piqué skirt was stiffly starched.

    The Brass Bound Box Evelyn Raymond
  • piqué is a heavy cotton material woven in corded or figured effects.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • In the bazaar I bought white material, something like piqué.

    The Red Rugs of Tarsus Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • The "dress" waistcoat can also be of white duck or piqué, in which case it is double-breasted.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain

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