• IPA: /ˈpiːkənt/, /ˈpiːˌkɑːnt/, /piːˈkɑːnt/


  1. (archaic) Causing hurt feelings; scathing, severe. [from 16th c.]
  2. Stimulating to the senses; engaging; charming. [from 17th c.]
    • 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Penguin 2004, p. 86:
      Their husbands […] leave home to seek for more agreeable, may I be allowed to use a significant French word, piquant society […].
  3. Favorably stimulating to the palate; pleasantly spicy; tangy. [from 17th c.]
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