The definition of poignant is something that has a strong effect on emotions or the senses, especially smell.(adjective)
An example of poignant is the anniversary of September 11th for those who lost loved ones in the 2001 attacks.
See poignant in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME poynant < MFr poignant, prp. of poindre < L pungere, to prick: see point
See poignant in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English poinaunt
Origin: , from Old French poignant
Origin: , present participle of poindre, to prick
Origin: , from Latin pungere; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.
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