Definition of pique-devant in US English:

pique-devant

(also pick-a-devant, pickerdevant, picke-devant)

noun

rare, historical
  • A short beard trimmed to a point; a peaked or Vandyke beard.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Harrison (1535–1593), historian and topographer. Origin uncertain; apparently from an unattested Middle French *pique devant or *piqué devant, respectively from pique or *piqué provided with a pike or spade + devant in front.

Pronunciation

pique-devant

/ˌpiːkdəˈvɒ̃/