piquant

  • 1 piquant — piquant, ante (pi kan, kan t ) adj. 1°   Qui pique. Les orties sont piquantes. •   Il n y a personne qui ne connaisse quelque douleur d estomac ; celle que vous sentez est plus piquante et plus pesante, SÉV. 24 janv. 1680. •   Je ne puis croire… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 2 Piquant — Pi quant, a. [F., p. pr. of piquer to prick or sting. See {Pike}.] Stimulating to the taste; giving zest; tart; sharp; pungent; as, a piquant anecdote. As piquant to the tongue as salt. Addison. Piquant railleries. Gov. of Tongue. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 piquant — 1520s, from M.Fr. piquant pricking, stimulating, irritating, from O.Fr. prp. of piquer to prick, sting, nettle (see PIKE (Cf. pike) (2)). Related: Piquancy …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 Piquant — (v. fr., spr. Pikang), 1) stechend, scharf, beißend; 2) anzüglich, stark, reizend, in körperlicher wie geistiger Beziehung. Piquiren, reizen; sich piquiren, auf Etwas erpicht sein. Piquirt, gereizt, empfindlich etc …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 5 piquant — index hot blooded, incisive, moving (evoking emotion), palatable, provocative, sapid, savory Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Bur …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 piquant — *pungent, poignant, racy, spicy, snappy Analogous words: incisive, trenchant, cutting, biting, clear cut Antonyms: bland Contrasted words: insipid, flat, banal, jejune, inane …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 piquant — meaning ‘agreeably pungent’ or ‘pleasantly stimulating’, is pronounced pee kǝnt …

    Modern English usage

  • 8 piquant — [adj] flavorful, biting highly seasoned, interesting, lively, peppery, poignant, provocative, pungent, racy, savory, sharp, snappy, sparkling, spicy, spirited, stimulating, stinging, tangy, tart, well flavored, with a kick*, zestful, zesty;… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 piquant — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having a pleasantly sharp taste or appetizing flavour. 2) pleasantly stimulating or exciting. DERIVATIVES piquancy noun piquantly adverb. ORIGIN French, stinging, pricking …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 piquant — [pē′kənt, pē′känt, pē′kwənt] adj. [Fr, prp. of piquer, to prick, sting: see PIKE2] 1. agreeably pungent or stimulating to the taste; pleasantly sharp or biting 2. exciting agreeable interest or curiosity; stimulating; provocative 3. Archaic… …

    English World dictionary

  • 11 piquant — 1. piquant, ante [ pikɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1398; de piquer 1 ♦ Qui présente une ou plusieurs pointes acérées capables de piquer, de percer. ⇒ pointu. Les feuilles piquantes du houx. L eau « est trop froide, [...] les cailloux piquants » (Duhamel). 2… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 12 PIQUANT — ANTE. adj. Qui pique. Les branches des rosiers sont piquantes. Les orties sont piquantes.   Il signifie aussi, Qui fait une impression vive sur l organe du goût. Du vin piquant. Une sauce piquante. Du vinaigre piquant. De la moutarde piquante. On …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 13 piquant — pi|quant [ pikənt ] adjective MAINLY LITERARY 1. ) food or drink that is piquant has a strong and pleasant flavor: a piquant sauce 2. ) a quality or situation that is piquant is very exciting and interesting: piquant wit ╾ pi|quan|cy noun ╾… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 piquant — [[t]pi͟ːkənt, kɑːnt[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Food that is piquant has a pleasantly spicy taste. [WRITTEN] ...a crisp mixed salad with an unusually piquant dressing. Derived words: piquancy [[t]pi͟ːkənsi[/t]] N UNCOUNT A little mustard is served on the… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 piquant — UK [ˈpiːkənt] / US [ˈpɪkənt] adjective mainly literary 1) food or drink that is piquant has a strong and pleasant flavour a piquant sauce 2) a quality or situation that is piquant is very exciting and interesting piquant wit Derived words:… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 piquant — piquancy, piquantness, n. piquantly, adv. /pee keuhnt, kahnt, pee kahnt /, adj. 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.… …

    Universalium

  • 17 piquant — adjective a) Engaging; charming. These chops are baked in a piquant sauce containing fruit, honey, cinnamon, lemon and port, all of which reduces to a spicy syrup. b) Favorably stimulating to the palate; pleasantly spicy; stimulating …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 piquant — adj. ; cinglant, piquant, (ep. d une voix) : pkê / pekan, ta, e (Albanais.001 / Chambéry, Arvillard). A1) n., épine, piquant (des bogues, des oursins) : PeKÊ (001 | Saxel). A2) piquant, suspens ; combine qui, dans un récit, pique la curiosité :… …

    Dictionnaire Français-Savoyard

  • 19 piquant — adjective 1 having a pleasantly sharp taste or flavour: a piquant tomato sauce 2 interesting and exciting; intriguing: The disappearance of the letter made the situation all the more piquant. piquantly adverb piquancy noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 piquant — adjective 1) a piquant sauce Syn: spicy, tangy, peppery, hot; tasty, flavorful, appetizing, savory; pungent, sharp, tart, zesty, strong, salty Ant: bland …

    Thesaurus of popular words


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