Definition of piquant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpiːkənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpiːkənt//
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  1. 1having a pleasantly strong or spicy taste chicken served with a piquant wild mushroom sauce
  2. 2exciting and interesting
  3. Word Originearly 16th cent. (in the sense ‘severe, bitter’): from French, literally ‘stinging, pricking’, present participle of piquer.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: piquant