- 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.
Origin: Fr from pencher, to incline from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pendicare from Classical Latin pendere, to hang: see pendant
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Origin: French, 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.