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1Having a pleasantly sharp taste or appetizing flavour.‘a piquant tartare sauce’
spicy, tangy, spiced, peppery, hotView synonyms
- ‘The salmon came with finely chopped egg and a sharp piquant sauce with horseradish base and was simply excellent.’
- ‘‘The toast was overdone, but the chicken had a piquant flavour,’ he said.’
- ‘"The toast was overdone, but the chicken had a piquant flavour, " he said.’
- ‘The fresh pesto sauce added a lovely piquant flavour.’
- ‘Both cheeses deliver a rich, piquant taste, and each is also offered in a variety of sizes and forms.’
- ‘These cookies may look down-home, but with a kick of pungent molasses and piquant ginger, they're really very sophisticated.’
- ‘I've had this several times before and it has always been superb, a tasty combination of sweet and piquant flavours.’
- ‘Assorted breads, piquant sauces and fine African wines accompany it.’
- ‘This cheese usually has tangy, piquant, spicy and peppery flavor.’
- ‘The spinach soup had a deep, dark colour, and was flavoured with the strong, piquant, earthy spices of Kerala.’
- ‘Madame judged her fish as excellent and the potato salad was piquant and very tasty.’
- ‘The salted eggs added a lovely, piquant flavour.’
- ‘The duck was very pleasant and the sauce piquant, as orange sauces should be.’
- ‘However, despite the pain and fearful reactions by some, it is possible to create and balance flavors in piquant foods.’
- ‘It had a piquant flavour all its own and really made the dish.’
- ‘Mezzaluna ravioli hosts the piquant gaminess of braised rabbit, unhistrionically set against roasted parsnips, a quick blast of mint, and tomato.’
- ‘Herbs and spices add a piquant taste that ketchup can't match.’
- ‘Meanwhile, revisit Couchwarmer and taste the original piquant recipe.’
- ‘They add a sharp, pungent flavour to dishes with a piquant base.’
- ‘The duck was lovely and the pork, apricot and Stilton stuffing gave a piquant twist to the flavour.’
- 1.1 Pleasantly stimulating or exciting to the mind.
intriguing, stimulating, interesting, fascinating, colourful, exciting, arresting, lively, sparkling, spirited, witty, spicy, provocative, racy, saltyView synonyms
- ‘All in all, this is a good middle of the road recording whose flavoring is more sweet than piquant, and whose intention is more to please than to inspire.’
- ‘Building on Comden and Green's piquant words, Bernstein has given us an immortal score, making all others on today's Broadway calling themselves musicals look like the pygmies they are.’
- ‘Stocking four flavours of dishy, piquant womanhood, it treated the audience to one tasty conundrum after another.’
- ‘It may be of piquant interest that The Fourth Wall uses the conceit of a parallel between the heroine and Shaw's Saint Joan, a device currently put to infinitely better use in Lanford Wilson's Book of Days.’
- ‘Perhaps the most piquant recent occult comparisons have come in more subtle and complex (and sometimes unintentional) shades.’
- ‘The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy was given a piquant performance, proving itself a wonderful display piece for a grand pipe organ.’
- ‘And when the boy playing Raoul began to romance me - or, at least, my character - I focussed on his piquant, if somewhat annoying, courting and pushed the problem out of my mind.’
- ‘Not only is the flavouring piquant but the structure of the movements and the material in development sturdy and, for us, rewarding to absorb.’
- ‘This experience was on display in a lithe, nicely proportioned performance of the Overture to Rossini's L' Italiana in Algeri (with a piquant oboe solo by Melanie Feld).’
- ‘A bracing fusion of austere synth-rock and piquant pottymouth, The Teaches of Peaches resonated with punks, gays, electroclash devotees, indie kids, feminists and anyone who got off on really raunchy beats.’
- ‘The album begins promisingly with ‘Built for Sin,’ a short instrumental with menacing, skulking riffs, and Carcass-style piquant harmonies.’
- ‘Because self-improvement tastes best with a piquant little sprinkle of something self-defeating on top.’
- ‘It consists of large, wall-painted versions of his witty or piquant statements, realised in a variety of typefaces and colours.’
- ‘One might expect McQuade to render a piquant gendered fiction, a story of aesthetically pluralistic feminist intervention, a ‘swerving’ into the genealogies of our fathers.’
- ‘As could be expected, Newman editorialized in NewsNotes with characteristically tangy opinions, sharp observations, and piquant commentary.’
- ‘I have often found that triangle an irritant and tend to avoid this concerto, but here it gives a delicate and piquant touch to the orchestral sonority, instead of asserting itself as an obbligato second soloist.’
- ‘Milton Hatoum transports us to a magical boomtown, full of shimmering light, tropical colour and piquant incident.’
- ‘Les Noces is one of the Ballets Russes’ most piquant works.’
Early 16th century (in the sense ‘severe, bitter’): from French, literally ‘stinging, pricking’, present participle of piquer.
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