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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Definitions for piquant

  1. Agreeably stimulating, interesting, or attractive.
  2. Agreeably pungent or sharp in taste or flavor.
  3. Of an interestingly provocative or lively character.

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Citations for piquant
His cook would catch it if his sauces weren't/ Piquant and sharp, and all his equipment/ To hand. And all day in his hall there stood/ The great fixed table, with the places laid. Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury tales
But, if I am a dupe, it is of a magician, whose wand has summed up the most beautiful forms of the ideal world of music to enchant my imagination; and if, by kind of reaction, I am unjust towards to "Gazza Ladra" and "Otello," it is because they awaken sensations less sweet and enchanting, though, perhaps, more strong and piquant in their effects. Stendhal, Memoirs of Rossini
Origin of piquant
1515-1525
Piquant is an alteration of the French piquel, literally "pricking."