- agreeably pungent or sharp in taste or flavor; pleasantly biting or tart: a piquant aspic.
- agreeably stimulating, interesting, or attractive: a piquant glance.
- of an interestingly provocative or lively character: a piquant wit.
- Archaic. sharp or stinging, especially to the feelings.
- having an agreeably pungent or tart taste
- lively or stimulating to the mind
n.1660s, from piquant + -cy. adj.1520s, from Middle French piquant “pricking, stimulating, irritating,” present participle of piquer “to prick, sting, nettle” (see pike (n.2)).