piquancy

Something that tastes zesty or tangy has piquancy. The piquancy of your dad's spaghetti sauce is what makes it your favorite.

Things with piquancy are exciting, either because of the way they taste or because they are fascinating. The mouth-watering piquancy of barbecued chicken is all about its flavor, and the piquancy of a thrilling ghost story is in the details. We can trace this noun back to piquant, "stimulating, pricking, or irritating" in Middle French.

Definitions of piquancy
  1. noun
    a tart spicy quality
    synonyms: nip, piquance, piquantness, tang, tanginess, zest
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    type of:
    spice, spicery, spiciness
    the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored
  2. noun
    the quality of being agreeably stimulating or mentally exciting
    synonyms: piquance, piquantness
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    type of:
    quality
    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
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