The definition of a penchant is a preference or desire for something or for doing things a certain way.
An example of penchant is what a person has when they love reading history books.
a strong liking or fondness; inclination; taste
Origin of penchantFrench from pencher, to incline from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pendicare from Classical Latin pendere, to hang: see pendant
A definite liking; a strong inclination. See Synonyms at predilection.
Origin of penchantFrench from present participle of pencher to incline from Old French from Vulgar Latin pendicāre from Latin pendēre to hang ; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.