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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

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  • IPA(key): /ˈpiːkənt/, /ˈpiːˌkɑːnt/, /piːˈkɑːnt/
  • Hyphenation: pi‧quant

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Middle French piquant(pricking, stimulating, irritating), present participle of piquer, possibly from Old French pikier(to prick, sting, nettle). Related to pike.

AdjectiveEdit

piquant (comparative more piquant, superlative most piquant)

  1. Engaging; charming.
  2. Favorably stimulating to the palate; pleasantly spicy; stimulating.
    • 2000, Lynn Bedford Hall, The Best of Cooking in South Africa, 2nd edition, Cape Town: Struik Publishers, ISBN 978-1-86872-519-9, page 103:
      Pork Chops with Apple and Port These chops are baked in a piquant sauce containing fruit, honey, cinnamon, lemon and port, all of which reduces to a spicy syrup.
    • 2005, Clifford A. Wright, Some Like it Hot: Spicy Favorites from the World's Hot Zones, Boston, Mass.: Harvard Common Press, ISBN 978-1-55832-268-4, page 170:
      Elsewhere in South America, excepting Bahia in Brazil, one does not encounter piquant cuisine, although one may stumble on a piquant dish now and then []
    • 2009, Sara Engram; Katie Luber; Kimberly Toqe, The Spice Kitchen: Everyday Cooking with Organic Spices, Kansas City, Mo.: Andrews McMeel Publishing, ISBN 978-0-7407-7972-5, page 9:
      French charcuterie relies on cloves in the quatre épices, or four-spice powder, for seasoning fine sausages and piquant marinades.
  3. (archaic) Causing hurt feelings; scathing.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Present participle of piquer.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

piquant m (feminine singular piquante, masculine plural piquants, feminine plural piquantes)

  1. Spiky, spiny.
  2. Of food: piquant, spicy.
  3. Cold; ice-cold.
  4. Of humor, a joke, etc.: scathing.
  5. (usually of a person) attractive.

VerbEdit

piquant

  1. present participle of piquer

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Middle FrenchEdit

VerbEdit

piquant (plural piquans)

  1. present participle of piquer

AdjectiveEdit

piquant m (feminine singular piquante, masculine plural piquans, feminine plural piquantes)

  1. Alternative form of picquant